Definition of maverick in English:

maverick

noun

  • 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 was the quintessential intellectual maverick - a man who thrived on bending the rules and violating the regulations.’
    • ‘Now two new biographies look for the roots of this maverick's sensibilities.’
    • ‘We've evolved from a hot young maverick to a world-class business magazine.’
    • ‘He used to be everybody's favorite indie maverick.’
    • ‘Far from being a deep-dyed traditionalist, he is a maverick, a valuable eccentric, who uses his influence to stimulate rather than stifle debate.’
    • ‘A maverick, and an individual, he's running on instinct, fuelled by experience and making the right decisions.’
    • ‘I was just some awkward maverick with money in his pockets.’
    • ‘The first is a private sketchbook, posthumously made public at a time when attention was turning again to this American maverick.’
    • ‘Our democracy was forged in rebellion, crafted by mavericks and risk-takers who refused to salute authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They want independent minds, mavericks and free thinkers.’
    • ‘For obvious reasons, the Nobel Committee is unlikely to honor this fascinating maverick now or ever.’
    • ‘What does the future hold for the band who bill themselves as the independent mavericks in a world of mere cut-outs?’
    • ‘There is something undeniably fresh and even unpredictable about this self-described maverick.’
    • ‘And a long time maverick in American politics is being remembered for his influence on the nation.’
    • ‘My informal queries revealed that those associated with you regard you as a brilliant, hardheaded maverick.’
    • ‘And yet that same culture would flatter us into believing we are a nation of mavericks and rebels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He seems to defy political typecasting, reveling in the role of 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.

adjective

  • Unorthodox.

    ‘a maverick detective’
    • ‘He is one of the few truly great, genuinely maverick songwriters and performers of the present day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All I know is that MPs are very maverick so expect to be surprised!’
    • ‘Looking back, he had all the right credentials: an education at Eton and Cambridge, strong left-wing leanings, and an even stronger maverick streak.’
    • ‘While I admire maverick clergymen, it takes the guts of the ‘ordinary’ man to go about doing good and decent deeds daily without fanfare.’
    • ‘Both presented themselves as maverick anti-establishment politicians but campaigned hard on the traditional themes of the fascist right.’
    • ‘And with those stories, we once again prove our own 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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, before leaving on his American adventure, he apparently forgot to pack his maverick streak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a slow stirring of revolt that goes far beyond fuel protests and maverick votes for television presenters.’
    • ‘His face displays a limited emotional range and, at times, his portrayal of the maverick scientist is boring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a maverick director he often chose his players on a whim and had them work without repeated takes.’
    • ‘The maverick MP had intended to vote against the measure.’
    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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

maverick

/ˈmav(ə)rɪk/