verb (used without object), whigged, whig·ging. Scot.
- whig party,
Origin of whig
- a member of the patriotic party during the Revolutionary period; supporter of the Revolution.
- 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.
- a member of a major political party (1679–1832) in Great Britain that held liberal principles and favored reforms: later called the Liberal party.
- (in later use) one of the more conservative members of the Liberal party.
Origin of Whig
Examples from the Web for whig
The party splinters, and out of the wreckage a new center-right “Whig Party” emerges.How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party|Joe McLean|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For the first time in a century and a half, the Whig Party has successfully elected a candidate.
No, not the GOP, but the Whig Party, the original party of Lincoln.
Talk-show host Glenn Beck called the GOP “the Whig party,” with John Boehner the head Whig for appearing open to compromise.
Before Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and a staid statesman, he was a Whig and a rabble-rouser.
All the ancient stories told of him by Whig enemies were revived, and believed by those who had long treated them with contempt.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
It was not a convention of Abolitionists, although Garrison was a member, but of politicians, mostly of the Whig party.William Lloyd Garrison|Archibald H. Grimke
What Heneage has done already some other Whig with a conscience will do again, and more effectually.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
Nor was it obvious that a genuine kingship would have been worse than the oligarchy of the great Whig families.Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham|Harold J. Laski
But Transome's neither Whig nor Tory; he's the workingman's friend, the collier's friend, the friend of the honest navvy.Felix Holt, The Radical|George Eliot
Word Origin for Whig
British political party, 1657, in part perhaps a disparaging use of whigg "a country bumpkin" (1640s); but mainly a shortened form of Whiggamore (1649) "one of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in western Scotland who marched on Edinburgh in 1648 to oppose Charles I." Perhaps originally "a horse drover," from dialectal verb whig "to urge forward" + mare. In 1689 the name was first used in reference to members of the British political party that opposed the Tories. American Revolution sense of "colonist who opposes Crown policies" is from 1768. Later it was applied to opponents of Andrew Jackson (as early as 1825), and taken as the name of a political party (1834) that merged into the Republican Party in 1854-56.
[I]n the spring of 1834 Jackson's opponents adopted the name Whig, traditional term for critics of executive usurpations. James Watson Webb, editor of the New York Courier and Enquirer, encouraged use of the name. [Henry] Clay gave it national currency in a speech on April 14, 1834, likening "the whigs of the present day" to those who had resisted George III, and by summer it was official. [Daniel Walker Howe, "What Hath God Wrought," 2007, p.390]
Whig historian is recorded from 1924. Whig history is "the tendency in many historians ... to emphasise certain principles of progress in the past and to produce a story which is the ratification if not the glorification of the present." [Herbert Butterfield, "The Whig Interpretation of History," 1931]