- 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.
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Origin of maverick
historical usage of maverick
popular references for 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.
Quotations related to maverick
- "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)
- "The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb. "-Lewis H. Lapham Money and Class in America: Notes and Observations on Our Civil Religion (1988)
- "Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive. "-Alan Rickman (actor) Alan Rickman's Quotes Facebook (2008)
- "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)
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Example sentences from the Web for maverick
You get the feeling of the end of Groucho Marx or Salvador Dali here – a maverick in winter, surrounded by con men selling him off for parts.‘True Believer’ tries to capture Stan Lee. It isn’t easy.|Glen David Gold|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
You can find more about the latest episode, featuring Binance’s maverick CEO CZ, below.
That might be difficult to conceive at first — Goldwater, “maverick” McCain, and the latter-day celebrity of Sheriff Joe Arpaio have solidified the state as the conservative cowboy of American pop culture.Arizona Is The Democrats’ Purple Splotch In The Sunbelt|Clare Malone (email@example.com)|September 24, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Policies and control processes became so foundational to our work that those who were great at coloring within the lines were promoted, while many creative mavericks felt stifled and went to work elsewhere.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
To be bold, to be a maverick, to stretch beyond established limits, is the stuff of inspiration.
Williams scored his first Oscar nomination playing maverick U.S. Armed Services DJ Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam.Robin Williams's Greatest Moments on Stage and Screen (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, one day, a maverick doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe.
Instead, the former five-term congressman said, “They just look at me as a maverick curmudgeon.”Tom Tancredo Loses GOP Primary For Colorado Governor|Ben Jacobs|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Jacobs|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thats two of them, old Maverick, called Stone, breathing on his smarting right hand.The New Boys at Oakdale|Morgan Scott
It was the rule of the cattlemen that a "maverick" belonged to the ranchman on whose range it was found.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands|H. Hagedorn.
They say—they think I ought to get married—to Maverick or somebody.
Maverick, I saw it all, and I can swear it was self-defense.
Maverick covered her with his coat after she was no longer conscious.
British Dictionary definitions for maverick
- a person of independent or unorthodox views
- (as modifier)a maverick politician