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maverick

(adjective) Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence.

Synonyms: unorthodox, irregular

Usage: He was a maverick politician and refused to align himself with any of the established parties.
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maverick
Definition: (adjective) Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence.
Synonyms: unorthodox, irregular
Usage: He was a maverick politician and refused to align himself with any of the established parties.
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maverick (n.)
1867, "calf or yearling found without an owner's brand," so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of "individualist, unconventional person" is first recorded 1886, via notion of "masterless."
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A maverick is a rebel, someone who shows a lot of independence. A maverick on a motorcycle might blaze his own trail, or show a maverick touch in a rough sport by wearing a helmet with the word "Mom" inside a heart.
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Samuel A. Maverick owned a lot of cattle, and he let them roam around Texas without a brand, or identification mark, seared into their skins. Samuel was a maverick for going against the common practice of tracking his animals, and his last name became part of the English language as both an adjective and a noun in the 19th century. Someone who acts very independently is a maverick, and individual actions that stand out are maverick, as in "her maverick jumping style on the ice was both wild and delicate."
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Notes: Maverick is rather a maverick of a word, a garrulous individual with no lexical kin. It may, however, be used 'as is' adjectivally, "Buck Shott is a maverick CEO who took a chance when no one else would to produce pedal-powered wheelchairs."

In Play: Although we generally use this word to refer to iconoclasts who pose some sort of threat, we owe a lot to mavericks. Charles Darwin and Galileo were among the scientific mavericks who grandly expanded our understanding of the world and the universe. Henry Ford started out as a maverick who revolutionized manufacturing. Those of us who have been around for a while remember Bret (James Garner) and Bart (Jack Kelly) Maverick on the US TV show Maverick, popular in the 1960's. They were cowboys who lived around the edge of the law, mavericks among the TV cowboy heroes of the time in their cowardice and fecklessness.

Word History: The eponym of this word is Texas cattleman Samuel Maverick (1803-1870), who let the calves in his herd roam unbranded. Initially ranchers, who 'adopted' them, simply referred to them as Maverick's but the term soon migrated to mavericks. An interesting side note: Sam's grandson, Maury Maverick, coined the word gobbledygook to describe bureaucratic doubletalk while serving in the U.S. Congress.

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mav·er·ick (măv′ər-ĭk, măv′rĭk)
n.
1. 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.
2. 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.
adj.
Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action: maverick politicians; a maverick decision.
[Possibly after Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870), American cattleman who left the calves in his herd unbranded .]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
maverick (ˈmævərɪk)
n
1. (Agriculture) (in US and Canadian cattle-raising regions) an unbranded animal, esp a stray calf
2.
a. a person of independent or unorthodox views
b. (as modifier): a maverick politician.
[C19: after Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas rancher, who did not brand his cattle]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
mav•er•ick (ˈmæv ər ɪk, ˈmæv rɪk)

n.
1. an unbranded animal, esp. a motherless calf.
2. a person who takes a stand independent of others in a group.
[1865–70, Amer.; after Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas pioneer who left his calves unbranded]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Noun 1. maverick - someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
rebel
recusant, nonconformist - someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
2. maverick - an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
calf - young of domestic cattle
Adj. 1. maverick - independent in behavior or thoughtmaverick - independent in behavior or thought; "she led a somewhat irregular private life"; "maverick politicians"
unorthodox, irregular
unconventional - not conforming to accepted rules or standards; "her unconventional dress and hair style"
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