from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
- n. A Republican who bolted the party in 1884, refusing to support presidential candidate James G. Blaine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An independent neutral politician, especially in reference to the 1884 U.S. presidential election.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bolter from the Republican party in the national election of 1884; an Independent.
- n. A person who is undecided about an issue, especially a political one; a person who takes a neutral stance on an issue; a fence-sitter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Indian chief, an Indian leader.
- n. A person of importance; a man of consequence; a leader.
- n. Hence— A person who thinks himself of consequence; a self-important man: a humorous or satirical use of the preceding.
- n. [In a “song” following the above, in the “negro” dialect, the same person is referred to as “ole mug,” and “honest, honest, mugwump coon.”]
- n. [capitalized] In United States political history, one of the Independent members of the Republican party who in 1884 openly refused to support the nominee (June 6th) of that party for the presidency of the United States, and either voted for the Democratic or the Prohibitionist candidate or abstained from voting.
- n. In general, an independent.
- Of or pertaining to a mugwump (in sense 2 ).
- [See also note following the first quotation under I., 2.]
- Of or pertaining to a political mugwump (in sense 3 or 4).
- To act like a mugwump; assert one's independence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
- n. someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884
Massachusett mugguomp, mummugguomp, war leader.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an Algonquian term, probably Massachusett mugquomp ("important (male) person"). (Wiktionary)