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
- a person who takes an independent stand, as in politics, from his or her 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 ×ž×‘×¨×™×§ (maá¸‡É™rÄ«q) "shiny, brilliant" as origin.