- Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
- a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates: a modern-dance maverick.
- a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas: You can't muzzle a maverick.
- Maverick, an electro-optically guided U.S. air-to-ground tactical missile for destroying tanks and other hardened targets at ranges up to 15 miles (24 km).
- unorthodox, unconventional, nonconformist: a maverick fiscal conservative willing to raise taxes.
Origin of maverick
—Dallas Mavericks: American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas, a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
— Maverick : popular American TV series (1957–62) set in the Wild West that inspired a film of the same name (1994).
—Maverick: Nickname and call sign of ace fighter pilot, played by Tom Cruise, in the film Top Gun (1986).
—Ford Maverick: Stylish, youthfully designed mid-size car made in the late 1960s and ‘70s in North America and Brazil.
- "Gradually the term [maverick] came to mean any unbranded cattle of unknown ownership. Such animals were fair game for the first branding iron."-Richard W. Slatta The Cowboy Encyclopedia (1994)
- "Listen closely to maverick entrepreneurs…, and you quickly realize that they don't sound like traditional executives."-William C. Taylor and Polly G. Labarr Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win (2006)
Examples from the Web for maverick
To be bold, to be a maverick, to stretch beyond established limits, is the stuff of inspiration.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
Then, one day, a maverick doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 3, 2014
The Daily Beast
August 3, 2014
Instead, the former five-term congressman said, “They just look at me as a maverick curmudgeon.”Tom Tancredo Loses GOP Primary For Colorado Governor
June 26, 2014
Instead, Pressler is already figuring out ways that he can leverage his power as a maverick senator.Larry Pressler Shoots for a Maverick Senate Comeback
January 17, 2014
Democrats cheer the return of McCain as maverick, Republicans not so much.Does Maverick McCain Matter?
May 30, 2013
Wonder if she would have any use for a maverick rancher from the alkali 174 country?The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
This should be Mr. Maverick, a retired merchant, who is on a visit to his daughter.
"Some of you maverick psis scream like a gelded porker," he said.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
It was as easy to you as picking out a maverick in a bunch of steers to me.Northern Lights
Dunwoodie, emerging from the Maverick bar, hailed him as he passed.Children of the Desert
- (in US and Canadian cattle-raising regions) an unbranded animal, esp a stray calf
- a person of independent or unorthodox views
- (as modifier)a maverick politician
Word Origin and History for maverick
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."