from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
- n. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.
- adj. Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence: maverick politicians; a maverick decision.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
- n. An unbranded range animal.
- n. One who does not abide by rules.
- n. One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
- n. A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold ’em
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In the southwestern part of the united States, a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild; -- said to be from Maverick, the name of a cattle owner in Texas who neglected to brand his cattle.
- transitive v. To take a maverick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On the great cattle-ranges of the United States, an animal found without an owner's brand, particularly a calf away from its dam, on which the finder puts his own or his employer's brand; or one of a number of such animals gathered in a general round-up or muster of the herds of different owners feeding together, which are distributed in a manner agreed upon.
- n. Hence—2. Anything dishonestly obtained, as a saddle, mine, or piece of land.
- To seize or brand (an animal) as a maverick; hence, to take possession of without any legal claim; appropriate dishonestly or illegally: as, to maverick a piece of land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
- adj. independent in behavior or thought
- n. an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
Possibly after Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870), American cattleman who left the calves in his herd unbranded .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the surname of Texas lawyer Samuel Maverick, who refused to brand his cattle. The surname Maverick is of Welsh origin, from Welsh mawr-rwyce, meaning "valiant hero". An alternative etymology proposes the Hebrew word מבריק (maḇərīq) "shiny, brilliant" as origin. (Wiktionary)