An example of a maverick is a film director who makes a movie that is completely new and original.
Maverick politicians; a maverick decision.
He made a maverick decision.
He is a maverick person.
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.)
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 ×ž×‘×¨×™×§ (maá¸‡É™rÄ«q) "shiny, brilliant" as origin.