A maverick is a rebel, someone who shows a lot of independence. A maverick on a motorcycle might blaze her own trail, traveling around the country and earning money by performing in rodeos.

Samuel A. Maverick owned a lot of cattle, and he let them roam around Texas without a brand, or identification mark, seared into their skins. Samuel was a maverick for going against the common practice of tracking his animals, and his last name became part of the English language as both an adjective and a noun in the 19th century. Someone who acts very independently is a maverick, and individual actions that stand out are maverick, as in "her maverick jumping style on the ice was both wild and delicate."

Definitions of maverick

n someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

Type of:
nonconformist, recusant
someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct

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

Type of:
young of domestic cattle

adj independent in behavior or thought

maverick politicians”
irregular, unorthodox
not conforming to accepted rules or standards

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