from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs.
- noun 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.
- adjective Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To seize or brand (an animal) as a maverick; hence, to take possession of without any legal claim; appropriate dishonestly or illegally: as, to
mavericka piece of land.
- noun 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.
- noun Hence—2. Anything dishonestly obtained, as a saddle, mine, or piece of land.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb Western U. S. To take a maverick.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
- noun An
- noun One who does not
- noun One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
- noun poker slang A
queenand a jackas a starting hand in Texas hold ’em
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
- adjective independent in behavior or thought
- noun an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
If you understand that the word maverick is code for undisciplined.
As opposed to using the term maverick, how about a list of how mavericky he has been.
I cheered when Senator Joe Biden put to rest her use of the term maverick to describe John McCain when Biden said stated, “he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives.”
Or when McCain tries to reintroduce the term maverick into the campaign, Obama makes fun of it and shows the opposite of what maverick means.
The title maverick was derived from a stock man of that name, whose practice was to claim _all_ unbranded calves in a herd.
While the bit about the "rage animal" seems to align itself with one of McCain's purported problems, I must acknowledge that the term maverick does connote a positive image in the
Here's a bit of history for you: the term maverick actually comes from a real person, not a television series.
Why does he and others think that being a maverick is a good thing.
Which means that calling someone a maverick is actually a neutral description.
When mom is single by choice or circumstance or raising children in a two-mom family (what I call maverick moms), society's veneration of the so-called "traditional family" only adds to the holiday burden.