maverick[mav′ər ik, mav′rik]
- The definition of a maverick is an unbranded animal or someone who doesn’t follow a group’s rules.
An example of a maverick is a film director who makes a movie that is completely new and original.
- an unbranded animal, esp. a strayed calf
- Informal a person who takes an independent stand, as in politics, from that of a party or group
Origin of maverickafter S. Maverick (1803-70), Texas rancher who did not brand his cattle
- A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs.
- An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
Origin of maverickPossibly after Samuel Augustus Maverick, (1803–1870), American cattleman who left the calves in his herd unbranded .
(comparative more maverick, superlative most maverick)
- Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
- He made a maverick decision.
- He is a maverick person.
- An unbranded range animal.
- One who does not abide by rules.
- One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
- Florence Nightingale would have been perceived as a maverick during her early career, because she was prioritizing hygiene when everybody else involved in healthcare was focused on other things, such as surgery and pills. (Source: Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, Trick or Treatment, 2008, p. 36-37.)
- (poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold ’em
From the surname of Texas lawyer Samuel Maverick, who refused to brand his cattle. The surname Maverick is of Welsh origin, from Welsh mawr-rwyce, meaning "valiant hero". An alternative etymology proposes the Hebrew word מבריק (maḇərīq) "shiny, brilliant" as origin.