Gump"tion (?), n. [OE. gom, gome, attention; akin to AS. geomian, gyman, to regard, observe, gyme care, OS. gomean to heed, Goth. gaumjan to see, notice.]

1.

Capacity; shrewdness; common sense.

[Colloq.]<-- in MW10 marked as chiefly dial. -->

One does not have gumption till one has been properly cheated. Lord Lytton.

2. Paint. (a)

The art of preparing colors.

Sir W. Scott.

(b)

Megilp

. Fairholt.

<-- 3. initiative = primary modern usage -->

 

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