Definition of maverick in English:



  • 1An unorthodox or independent-minded person.

    ‘he's the maverick of the senate’
    • ‘So I was very inspired by all of the mavericks who came out of that time.’
    • ‘He seems to defy political typecasting, reveling in the role of maverick.’
    • ‘There is something undeniably fresh and even unpredictable about this self-described maverick.’
    • ‘For obvious reasons, the Nobel Committee is unlikely to honor this fascinating maverick now or ever.’
    • ‘A maverick, and an individual, he's running on instinct, fuelled by experience and making the right decisions.’
    • ‘And a long time maverick in American politics is being remembered for his influence on the nation.’
    • ‘They want independent minds, mavericks and free thinkers.’
    • ‘He was the quintessential intellectual maverick - a man who thrived on bending the rules and violating the regulations.’
    • ‘The first is a private sketchbook, posthumously made public at a time when attention was turning again to this American maverick.’
    • ‘We've evolved from a hot young maverick to a world-class business magazine.’
    • ‘My informal queries revealed that those associated with you regard you as a brilliant, hardheaded maverick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our democracy was forged in rebellion, crafted by mavericks and risk-takers who refused to salute authority.’
    • ‘I was just some awkward maverick with money in his pockets.’
    • ‘And yet that same culture would flatter us into believing we are a nation of mavericks and rebels.’
    • ‘What does the future hold for the band who bill themselves as the independent mavericks in a world of mere cut-outs?’
    • ‘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 used to be everybody's favorite indie maverick.’
    • ‘Now two new biographies look for the roots of this maverick's sensibilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While I admire maverick clergymen, it takes the guts of the ‘ordinary’ man to go about doing good and decent deeds daily without fanfare.’
    • ‘As a maverick director he often chose his players on a whim and had them work without repeated takes.’
    • ‘He is one of the few truly great, genuinely maverick songwriters and performers of the present day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And with those stories, we once again prove our own maverick streak.’
    • ‘There is a slow stirring of revolt that goes far beyond fuel protests and maverick votes for television presenters.’
    • ‘All I know is that MPs are very maverick so expect to be surprised!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both presented themselves as maverick anti-establishment politicians but campaigned hard on the traditional themes of the fascist right.’
    • ‘The maverick MP had intended to vote against the measure.’
    • ‘He was a monk and maverick philosopher; she, the apt and eager pupil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, before leaving on his American adventure, he apparently forgot to pack his maverick streak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His face displays a limited emotional range and, at times, his portrayal of the maverick scientist is boring.’
    • ‘Looking back, he had all the right credentials: an education at Eton and Cambridge, strong left-wing leanings, and an even stronger maverick streak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.