Maverick definition

măvər-ĭk, măvrĭk
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.
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Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action.

Maverick politicians; a maverick decision.

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A person who takes an independent stand, as in politics, from his or her party or group.
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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.
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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.)

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An unbranded animal, esp. a strayed calf.
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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.

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Showing independence in thoughts or actions.

He made a maverick decision.

He is a maverick person.

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One who does not abide by rules.
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(poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.
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An unbranded range animal.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maverick
Plural:
mavericks

Origin of maverick

  • Possibly after Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803–1870), American cattleman who left the calves in his herd unbranded

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary