Definition of maverick in English:



  • 1An unorthodox or independent-minded person.

    ‘he's the maverick of the senate’
    • ‘They want independent minds, mavericks and free thinkers.’
    • ‘We've evolved from a hot young maverick to a world-class business magazine.’
    • ‘Far from being a deep-dyed traditionalist, he is a maverick, a valuable eccentric, who uses his influence to stimulate rather than stifle debate.’
    • ‘He was the quintessential intellectual maverick - a man who thrived on bending the rules and violating the regulations.’
    • ‘His role as maverick was most evident was during his stints on the Open Market Committee, where he frequently squared off against the status quo.’
    • ‘Its leader is a surreal portrait of art-school eccentricity, a social maverick up to his neck in the shifting sands of taboo and faux pas.’
    • ‘A maverick, and an individual, he's running on instinct, fuelled by experience and making the right decisions.’
    • ‘My informal queries revealed that those associated with you regard you as a brilliant, hardheaded maverick.’
    • ‘He used to be everybody's favorite indie maverick.’
    • ‘What does the future hold for the band who bill themselves as the independent mavericks in a world of mere cut-outs?’
    • ‘Our democracy was forged in rebellion, crafted by mavericks and risk-takers who refused to salute authority.’
    • ‘He seems to defy political typecasting, reveling in the role of maverick.’
    • ‘So I was very inspired by all of the mavericks who came out of that time.’
    • ‘And yet that same culture would flatter us into believing we are a nation of mavericks and rebels.’
    • ‘For obvious reasons, the Nobel Committee is unlikely to honor this fascinating maverick now or ever.’
    • ‘Now two new biographies look for the roots of this maverick's sensibilities.’
    • ‘There is something undeniably fresh and even unpredictable about this self-described maverick.’
    • ‘I was just some awkward maverick with money in his pockets.’
    • ‘And a long time maverick in American politics is being remembered for his influence on the nation.’
    • ‘The first is a private sketchbook, posthumously made public at a time when attention was turning again to this American maverick.’
    individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, unorthodox person, unconventional person, original, trendsetter, bohemian, eccentric, outsider
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  • 2North American An unbranded calf or yearling.


  • Unorthodox.

    ‘a maverick detective’
    • ‘While I admire maverick clergymen, it takes the guts of the ‘ordinary’ man to go about doing good and decent deeds daily without fanfare.’
    • ‘The maverick MP had intended to vote against the measure.’
    • ‘All I know is that MPs are very maverick so expect to be surprised!’
    • ‘As a maverick director he often chose his players on a whim and had them work without repeated takes.’
    • ‘As managerialism has come to dominate the policy of programmes of all the major parties north and south of the Border there has developed an enormous appetite for maverick politicians.’
    • ‘I spent a few hours scratching my head and looking for a cryptic code which might shed light on where this maverick genius is getting his ideas from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Impressionism is not some hazy notion about how a bunch of maverick artists at the end of the 19th century decided to paint the world as if it looked blurred.’
    • ‘He is one of the few truly great, genuinely maverick songwriters and performers of the present day.’
    • ‘And with those stories, we once again prove our own maverick streak.’
    • ‘Both presented themselves as maverick anti-establishment politicians but campaigned hard on the traditional themes of the fascist right.’
    • ‘The press adored him, a prolific, maverick talent who survived on cheap noodles and peanut butter so he could make films with his dole money.’
    • ‘There is a slow stirring of revolt that goes far beyond fuel protests and maverick votes for television presenters.’
    • ‘Guests are encouraged to hire cars to explore the island's uncompromising and maverick terrain and to drive to restaurants on evenings when dinner is not provided.’
    • ‘Maybe, as one maverick biologist suggested to howls of protest last week, genetic selection may mean we have finally found a way towards evolving as a species.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, before leaving on his American adventure, he apparently forgot to pack his maverick streak.’
    • ‘He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Looking back, he had all the right credentials: an education at Eton and Cambridge, strong left-wing leanings, and an even stronger maverick streak.’
    • ‘His face displays a limited emotional range and, at times, his portrayal of the maverick scientist is boring.’
    unusual, irregular, unorthodox, unfamiliar, uncommon, uncustomary, unwonted, rare, out of the ordinary, atypical, singular, distinctive, individual, individualistic, free-spirited, alternative, different
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Mid 19th century: from the name of Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), a Texas rancher who did not brand his cattle.