A Word A Day : Maverick
Word of 25th May 2007: A Word A Day-Maverick
Maverick( Noun )Maverick
(MAV ur ik): a nonconformist, a rebel
The word maverick
originated in the Old West. It is derived from the name of Samuel A. Maverick
, a Texas banker who once accepted a herd of cattle in payment of a debt. Maverick
was a banker, not a rancher. He failed to confine or brand his calves, which habitually wandered into his neighbors' pastures. Local ranchers got in the habit of referring to any unbranded calf as a maverick
. The word is now used for anyone who has refused to be branded - who has refused to conform.
The political scientist was an intellectual maverick
. Most of his theories had no followers except himself.Maverick
can also be an adjective.
police officer got in trouble with the department for using illegal means to track down criminals.
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