noun mav·er·ick \ˈmav-rik, ˈma-və-\

: a person who refuses to follow the customs or rules of a group

Full Definition of MAVERICK

:  an unbranded range animal; especially :  a motherless calf
:  an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

Examples of MAVERICK

  1. <there's always one maverick who has to go his own way>
  2. Let him refind his inner rebel, the famous irreverent maverick, let the tiger out of the cage. —Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, 28–29 June 2008

Origin of MAVERICK

Samuel A. Maverick †1870 American pioneer who did not brand his calves
First Known Use: 1867

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


adjective mav·er·ick \ˈmav-rik, ˈma-və-\

Definition of MAVERICK

:  characteristic of, suggestive of, or inclined to be a maverick (see 1maverick)

Examples of MAVERICK

  1. <George Sand's maverick views on marriage scandalized 19th-century French society.>
  2. Occasionally nerves and veins take maverick pathways and show up in unexpected places. —Virginia Holman, Double Take,Winter 2002

Origin of MAVERICK

(see 1maverick)
First Known Use: 1886


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