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Line breaks: mav¦er|ick
Pronunciation: /ˈmav(ə)rɪk

Definition of maverick in English:


1An unorthodox or independent-minded person: he’s the maverick of the senate
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  • They want independent minds, mavericks and free thinkers.
  • What does the future hold for the band who bill themselves as the independent mavericks in a world of mere cut-outs?
  • And yet that same culture would flatter us into believing we are a nation of mavericks and rebels.
individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, unorthodox person, unconventional person, original, trendsetter, bohemian, eccentric, outsider;
rebel, dissenter, dissident
informal bad boy
2North American An unbranded calf or yearling.


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Unorthodox: a maverick detective
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  • One must be constantly alert to the hazard of maverick cyclists and uneven pavements, and you may suffer a tirade of abuse from those who now own the world, should you criticise them for unsocial behaviour.
  • Hollywood is notoriously bad at handling maverick talents, and now it has a potential star on its hands who defies the usual female type of small, skinny, milk-toast Caucasians.
  • While I admire maverick clergymen, it takes the guts of the ‘ordinary’ man to go about doing good and decent deeds daily without fanfare.


mid 19th century: from the name of Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), a Texas rancher who did not brand his cattle.

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