[ muhg-wuhmp ]
/ ˈmʌgˌwʌmp /


a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, especially in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.

Origin of mugwump

First recorded in 1830–35, Americanism; artificial 19th-century revival of Massachusett (English spelling) mugquomp, syncopated form of muggumquomp “war leader” (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian (unattested) memekw- perhaps “swift” + (unattested) -a·pe·w “man”)


mug·wump·er·y, mugwumpism, nounmug·wump·i·an, adjectivemugwumpish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mugwump

/ (ˈmʌɡˌwʌmp) /


US a neutral or independent person, esp in politics

Derived forms of mugwump

mugwumpery or mugwumpism, nounmugwumpish, adjective

Word Origin for mugwump

C19: from Algonquian: great chief, from mogki great + -omp man
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