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[ mav-er-ik, mav-rik ]


  1. Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
    1. a lone dissenter, such as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from their peers:

      His unusual techniques made him a maverick of modern dance.

    2. a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas:

      You can't muzzle a maverick.

  2. 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).


  1. unorthodox, unconventional, or nonconformist:

    She had a reputation as a maverick fiscal conservative willing to raise taxes.


/ ˈmævərɪk /


  1. (in US and Canadian cattle-raising regions) an unbranded animal, esp a stray calf
    1. a person of independent or unorthodox views
    2. ( as modifier )

      a maverick politician

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maverick1

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; named after Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas pioneer who left his calves unbranded

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maverick1

C19: after Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas rancher, who did not brand his cattle

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Example Sentences

The publication—establishing the evidence of what is called adult neurogenesis—gave him a reputation as a maverick who wasn’t afraid to stand behind provocative ideas.

We knew the 93rd Academy Awards telecast was going to be different even before the maverick filmmaker Steven Soderbergh signed on to produce it.

From Time

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.

You can find more about the latest episode, featuring Binance’s maverick CEO CZ, below.

From Fortune

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.

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.

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.”

Instead, Pressler is already figuring out ways that he can leverage his power as a maverick senator.

Thats two of them, old Maverick, called Stone, breathing on his smarting right hand.

It was the rule of the cattlemen that a "maverick" belonged to the ranchman on whose range it was found.

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.


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