I was very anxious to keep him in his place, but at first I could not think of any way to help him, for I was a mugwump.
There was only one degree lower, and that was to be a mugwump.
One hears nothing oftener now than the admonition to remain true to his party; party men despise nothing so much as a mugwump.
The baby is a mugwump—I know it 'cause he howls all the time.
The use of mugwump is commonly thought to have originated in the Blaine campaign of 1884, but it really goes back to the 30's.
This cynic, this philosopher, this mugwump says Sir Walter was a genuine man.
One politician said, frankly, "Women are natural mugwumps, and I hate a mugwump."
Frank is the politician of the concern; the greenback, anti-monopoly, mugwump man!
Was retribution following thus fast because of that subterfuge of mugwump?
Papa said the other day, "I am a mugwump and a mugwump is pure from the marrow out."
1832, jocular for "great man, boss, important person," American English, from Algonquian (Natick) mugquomp "important person" (derived from mugumquomp "war leader"); used from 1884 of Republicans who refused to support James G. Blaine's presidential candidacy, hence "one who holds himself aloof from party politics."