[ hwig, wig ]
/ ʰwɪg, wɪg /

verb (used without object), whigged, whig·ging. Scot.

to move along briskly.

Nearby words

  1. whiffet,
  2. whiffle,
  3. whiffler,
  4. whiffletree,
  5. whiffy,
  6. whig party,
  7. whiggery,
  8. whiggish,
  9. whiggishly,
  10. whiggism

Origin of whig

1660–70; perhaps Scots variant of dial. fig to move briskly; see fidget


[ hwig, wig ]
/ ʰwɪg, wɪg /


American History.
  1. a member of the patriotic party during the Revolutionary period; supporter of the Revolution.
  2. a member of a political party (c1834–1855) that was formed in opposition to the Democratic Party, and favored economic expansion and a high protective tariff, while opposing the strength of the presidency in relation to the legislature.
British Politics.
  1. a member of a major political party (1679–1832) in Great Britain that held liberal principles and favored reforms: later called the Liberal party.
  2. (in later use) one of the more conservative members of the Liberal party.


being a Whig.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Whigs.

Origin of Whig

1635–45; earlier, a Covenanter, hence an opponent of the accession of James II; of uncertain origin, though probably in part a shortening of whiggamaire (later whiggamore), a participant in the Whiggamore Raid a march against the royalists in Edinburgh launched by Covenanters in 1648 (said to represent whig to spur on (cf. whig) + maire mare1)

Related formspro-Whig, adjective

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/ (wɪɡ) /



of, characteristic of, or relating to Whigs
Derived FormsWhiggery or Whiggism, nounWhiggish, adjectiveWhiggishly, adverbWhiggishness, noun

Word Origin for Whig

C17: probably shortened from whiggamore, one of a group of 17th-century Scottish rebels who joined in an attack on Edinburgh known as the whiggamore raid; probably from Scottish whig to drive (of obscure origin) + more, mer, maire horse, mare 1

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