Definition of mugwump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmʌɡwʌmp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌɡwʌmp//
(North American English, often disapproving)
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a person who cannot decide how to vote or who refuses to support a political party Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Algonquian mugquomp ‘great chief’. Culture The word 'mugwump' was first applied in US politics to a group of Republicans who in 1884 supported the Democrats'candidate Grover Cleveland for US President. It comes from the Native American Algonquian language and means 'great man' or 'chief'.
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