mugwump definition by Webster's New World
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- a Republican who refused to support the party ticket in 1884
- any independent, esp. in politics
Origin: Algonquian mugquomp, chief
mugwump definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
- often Mugwump A Republican who bolted the party in 1884, refusing to support presidential candidate James G. Blaine.
Origin: Massachusett mugguomp, mummugguomp, war leader.
- mugˈwumpˌer·y noun