• mugwump •
Part of Speech: Noun
Meaning: 1. (Capitalized: Mugwump) A Republican who refused to support the party's presidential candidate, James G. Blaine, in 1884. 2. A person who switches political parties or an independent who disdains the politics of both parties. In other words, a person with his mug on one side of the fence and his wump on the other. 3. (A bit dated) A person who considers him- or herself above others out of a sense of self-importance, a bigwig, a kingpin, panjandrum.
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