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Definition of the noun Mugwump

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noun - plural:

  • mugwump: mugwumps
  • Mugwump: -

  1. someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884
  2. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

Alternative definition of the noun Mugwump


  1. [US] An independent neutral politician.
  2. [US] A small, ferocious creature


"Mugwump" is an early video game where the user is tasked with finding four "Mugwumps" that are randomly hidden on a 10x10 grid. It is a text-based game written in BASIC.

  • released in (42 years ago)


Mugwump is a musical group.


Mugwump: The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. They switched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in New York state and swung the election to Cleveland. The jocular word mugwump, noted as early as 1832, is from Algonquian mugquomp, "important person, kingpin" implying that they were "sanctimonious" or "holier-than-thou," in holding themselves aloof from party politics.

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Google previewThe Nation (1886)

the Mugwump is an independent voter. It was the hope of all the regular party men a few months ago that the race of Mugwumps was dying out, and that they would make little trouble in future elections. Recent developments ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

mugwump, highbrow. As many of us are uncertain whether these American words mean the same or different things, the following definitions are extracted from the Standard Dictionary:– Mugwump : A chief among the Algonkian ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

Cleveland carried New York State in the election with the help of citybased mugwump support. Prominent New York City members included E. L. Godkin ( editor of the Nation), George William Curtis (editor of Harper's Weekly), Carl Schurz, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Phrases (1922)

Phraseological Allusions, Catchwords, Stereotyped Modes of Speech and Metaphors, Nicknames, Sobriquets, Derivations from Personal Names, Etc., with Explanations and Thousands of Exact References to Their Sources Or Early Usage by Albert Montefiore Hyamson

Mugwump, A : a member of parliament or other legislative assembly who attaches himself to no party. Orig. a member ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

mugwump (mug'wump), «. and a. [< Algonkin mugquomp, a great man, chief, captain, leader: used in Eliot's translation of the ...

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Mugwump Meaning

Video shows what mugwump means. An independent neutral politician, especially in reference to the 1884 U.S. presidential election.. An aloof or ...

Scrabble value of M3U1G2W4U1M3P3

The value of this 7-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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