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.]
Capacity; shrewdness; common sense.
[Colloq.]<-- in MW10 marked as chiefly dial. -->
One does not have gumption till one has been properly cheated.
2. Paint. (a)
The art of preparing colors. Sir W. Scott.
<-- 3. initiative = primary modern usage -->
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