noun Etymology: obsolete slang mugwump kingpin, from Massachusett mugquomp, muggumquomp war leader Date: 1884 1. a bolter from the Republican party in 1884 2. a person who is independent (as in politics) or who remains undecided or neutral

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  • mugwump — mug wump , n. [Cf. Algonquin mugquomp a chief.] 1. A bolter from the Republican party in the national election of 1884; an Independent. [Political Cant, U.S.] [1913 Webster] 2. A person who is undecided about an issue, especially a political one; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mugwump — (n.) 1832, jocular for great man, boss, important person, American English, from Algonquian (Natick) mugquomp important person (derived from mugumquomp war leader ); used from 1884 of Republicans who refused to support James G. Blaine s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mugwump — ☆ mugwump [mug′wump΄ ] n. [Algonquian mugquomp, chief] 1. a Republican who refused to support the party ticket in 1884 2. any independent, esp. in politics …   English World dictionary

  • Mugwump — This article is about dissident 1884 US Republicans. For other uses, see Mugwump (disambiguation). 1884 cartoon in Puck magazine ridicules Blaine as the tattooed man, with many indelible scandals. The cartoon image is a parody of Phryne before… …   Wikipedia

  • Mugwump — Der Begriff Mugwump kommt aus der Sprache der Algonkin Indianer, in der das Wort „Mugquomp“ oder „Muckquomp“ „wichtige Person“ bedeutet. Im US Präsidentenwahlkampf von 1884 wurden damit Abweichler in der Republikanischen Partei bezeichnet, die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mugwump — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le surnom de Mugwump a été donné à des personnalités dissidentes du Parti républicain qui ont soutenu la candidature démocrate de Grover Cleveland lors de …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mugwump — mugwumpery, mugwumpism, n. mugwumpian, adj. mugwumpish, adj. /mug wump /, n. 1. a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884. 2. a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on… …   Universalium

  • mugwump — Miembro de la facción reformista del Partido Republicano en sus primeros tiempos. En 1884 los mugwumps se negaron a apoyar al candidato presidencial republicano, James Blaine, a quien consideraban políticamente corrompido, y favorecieron en… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • mugwump — /ˈmʌgwʌmp/ (say mugwump) noun US someone who acts as an independent or affects superiority, especially in politics. {from a name given to those Republicans who refused to support the party nominee in the US presidential campaign of 1884; from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mugwump — noun An independent neutral politician …   Wiktionary

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