Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a member of the Whig Party that existed in the United States before the American Civil War
  2. (noun, person) a supporter of the American Revolution
  3. (noun, person) a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories

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Origin of the word Whig

  1. British political party, 1657, in part perhaps a disparaging use of whigg "a country bumpkin" (c.1645); but mainly a shortened form of Whiggamore (1649) "one of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in western Scotland who marched on Edinburgh in 1648 to oppose Charles I." Perhaps originally "a horse drover," from dialectal verb whig "to urge forward" + m… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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