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
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.
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.
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.”
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.