What does maverick mean?

Definitions for maverick
ˈmæv ər ɪk, ˈmæv rɪkmav·er·ick

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maverick, rebelnoun

    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

  2. maverickadjective

    an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it

  3. irregular, maverick, unorthodoxadjective

    independent in behavior or thought

    "she led a somewhat irregular private life"; "maverick politicians"


  1. mavericknoun

    An unbranded range animal.

  2. mavericknoun

    One who does not abide by rules.

  3. mavericknoun

    One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.

    Florence Nightingale would have been perceived as a maverick during her early career, because she was prioritizing hygiene when everybody else involved in healthcare was focused on other things, such as surgery and pills. (Source: Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, Trick or Treatment, 2008, p. 36-37.)

  4. mavericknoun

    A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

  5. maverickadjective

    Showing independence in thoughts or actions.


  1. maverick

    A maverick is an individual who thinks and acts independently, often behaving differently from the expected or standard way in a particular group, society, or industry. Mavericks are often characterized as innovators, non-conformists, or rebels, forming their own opinions and refusing to follow the crowd. They are often known for their originality and self-reliance. The term can refer to individuals in various contexts, including politics, business, and other fields.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mavericknoun

    in the southwestern part of the united States, a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild; -- said to be from Maverick, the name of a cattle owner in Texas who neglected to brand his cattle


  1. Maverick

    Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret Maverick, a cagey, articulate cardsharp. Eight episodes into the first season, he was joined by Jack Kelly as his brother Bart. The Mavericks were poker players from Texas who traveled all over the American Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, constantly getting into and out of life-threatening trouble of one sort or another, usually involving money, women, or both. They would typically find themselves weighing a financial windfall against a moral dilemma. More often than not, their consciences trumped their wallets. When Garner left the series after the third season due to a legal dispute, Roger Moore was added to the cast as their cousin Beau. Robert Colbert appeared later in the fourth season as a third Maverick brother, Brent. No more than two of the series leads ever appeared together in the same episode, and usually only one. The show was part of the Warner Bros. array of Westerns, which included Cheyenne, Colt .45, Lawman, Bronco, The Alaskans, and Sugarfoot. Maverick can currently be seen weekday mornings at 8am ET on the Encore Westerns Channel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maverick

    mav′ėr-ik, n. (U.S.) an animal found straying without an owner's brand, esp. a strayed calf: anything dishonestly obtained.—v.t. to seize without legal claim. [From Samuel Maverick, a Texas cattle-raiser.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maverick is ranked #89753 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maverick surname appeared 206 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Maverick.

    80.1% or 165 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.3% or 13 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maverick in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maverick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of maverick in a Sentence

  1. Scott Huver:

    I ’d count on many outraged or maverick-minded creatives and professionals seeking to push buttons even further in the wake of this event.

  2. Sarah Palin:

    I always had a lot of respect for his maverick nature, he going rogue -- wish he would have been kind of going rogue more on the common-sense conservative side of some issues. No, I certainly have respect for many of the things that he's accomplished.

  3. Paul Dergarabedian:

    The stellar performance of' Top Gun : Maverick' marks an important turning point, this is a very important weekend for both the industry and Cruise who has demonstrated his undeniable star power and status as a true movie star in an era where this type of distinction has become increasingly rare.

  4. Siobhan Morden at Jefferies:

    The fears are that (the President) could still influence policy management with an insider who is a political maverick with radical views.

  5. President Biden:

    You can't call yourself a maverick when all you've ever been is a sidekick, what a majority of American people are looking for — a steady hand, leadership, an optimist; not an angry man, lurching from one position to another.

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  • مستقلArabic
  • individualistaCatalan, Valencian
  • nezapadající, volnomyšlenkář, individualistický, nekonformní, neoznačkovaný dobytek, nepřizpůsobivý, podivínský, nonkonformista, podivínCzech
  • maverickDanish
  • Individualist, Querkopf, individualistischGerman
  • disidente, rebelde, cimarrónSpanish
  • individualist, isemõtleja, [[isemõtleja]] [[individualist]]Estonian
  • موریکPersian
  • [[merkitsemätön]] [[eläin]], yksinäinen susi, riippumaton, itsenäinenFinnish
  • franc-tireur, dissident, anticonformiste, individualiste, non-conformiste, excentriqueFrench
  • गैर पारंपरिकHindi
  • független, individualistaHungarian
  • maverickIndonesian
  • anticonformista, individualista, indipendente, brado, cane scioltoItalian
  • עַצמָאִיHebrew
  • 異端者Japanese
  • 독재자Korean
  • mavericusLatin
  • индивидуалистMacedonian
  • nonconformist, individualist, eigenwijsDutch
  • maverickNorwegian
  • indywidualista, wolny duchPolish
  • inconformista, rebelde, dissidente, excêntrico, independente, excêntricaPortuguese
  • individualistRomanian
  • вольнодумец, инакомыслящий, диссидент, [[неклеймёный]] [[телёнок]], нонконформистка, свободомыслящий, диссидентка, индивидуалист, индивидуалистка, нонконформистRussian
  • svojèglav, својѐглавSerbo-Croatian
  • vildeSwedish
  • స్వతంత్రుడుTelugu
  • bireyselciTurkish
  • 特立独行Chinese

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1 Comment
  • Bill McCallie
    Bill McCallie
    1867, "calf or yearling found without an owner's brand," so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of "individualist, unconventional person" is first recorded 1886, via notion of "masterless."
    So you see you missed the actual origin of the word Maverick all together.....hope you can include this cowboy story into your definition
    Bill McCallie, Cowboy Jubilee Radio Show, WSMC 90.5fm Chattanooga Tennessee
    LikeReply7 years ago

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