- a member of a political party in England (fl. 18th to mid-19th cent.) which championed reform and parliamentary rights: it later became the Liberal Party
- in the American Revolution, a person who opposed continued allegiance to Great Britain and supported the Revolution
- a member of an American political party (c. 1834-56) opposing the Democratic Party and advocating protection of industry and limitation of the power of the executive branch of government
- [alsow-] one who propounds or subscribes to a Whig interpretation of history
Origin of Whigshortened form of whiggamore (applied to Scottish Covenanters who marched on Edinburgh in 1648), an erratic form of Scottish whiggamaire from whig, a cry to urge on horses + mare, horse
- of or characteristic of Whigs
- [alsow-] of or designating historical interpretation which finds in events an uninterrupted line of progress against reactionary forces and often regards the present as a natural and inevitable result of the past
- A member of an 18th- and 19th-century British political party that was opposed to the Tories.
- A supporter of the war against England during the American Revolution.
- A 19th-century American political party formed to oppose the Democratic Party and favoring high tariffs and a loose interpretation of the Constitution.
Origin of WhigProbably short for Whiggamore , a member of a body of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian rebels
Probably related to whey
(third-person singular simple present whigs, present participle whigging, simple past and past participle whigged)
- (UK, politics) a member of an 18th- and 19th-century political party in Britain that was opposed to the Tories, and eventually became the Liberal Party
- (US, politics) an advocate of war against Britain during the American Revolution
- (US, politics) a member of a 19th-century US political party opposed to the Democratic Party