- 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.
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.
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
Democrats cheer the return of McCain as maverick, Republicans not so much.
Go down and tell her, Maverick, when you are in that direction.Hope Mills|Amanda M. Douglas
Before were done chewing on this maverick youll agree that Im right, for itll get better with age.The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border|Frank Fowler
Is there something in the gait, something in the poise of the head, to which the memory of Maverick so cleaves?
"She will be unwilling to return with me then," said Maverick, in a troubled manner.
Maverick died while preparing to follow his church, but Warham settled with his parishioners at Windsor, and died there in 1670.
- a person of independent or unorthodox views
- (as modifier)a maverick politician
Word Origin 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."