Whig meaning

wĭg, hwĭg
A member of an 18th- and 19th-century British political party that was opposed to the Tories.
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A supporter of the war against England during the American Revolution.
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A 19th-century American political party formed to oppose the Democratic Party and favoring high tariffs and a loose interpretation of the Constitution.
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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.
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In the American Revolution, a person who opposed continued allegiance to Great Britain and supported the Revolution.
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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.
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One who propounds or subscribes to a Whig interpretation of history.
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Of or characteristic of Whigs.
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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.
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Urge forward; drive briskly.
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(intransitive) Jog along; move or work briskly.
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(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.
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(US, politics) An advocate of war against Britain during the American Revolution.
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(US, politics) A member of a 19th-century US political party opposed to the Democratic Party.
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Origin of whig

  • Probably short for Whiggamore , a member of a body of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian rebels

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

  • From Whiggamore, possibly from Scots whiggamore (“horse driver")

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably related to whey

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare frig, jig

    From Wiktionary