Monday, 28 December 2009

Maverick

–noun
  1. Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, esp. an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
  2. a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates.

  1. nonconformist, independent, loner.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; after Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas pioneer who left his calves unbranded

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