Savage vs Maverick - What's the difference?

savage | maverick |

As a proper noun savage

is .

As an adjective maverick is

showing independence in thoughts or actions.

As a noun maverick is

an unbranded range animal.




(en adjective)
  • wild; not cultivated
  • a savage wilderness
  • * Dryden
  • savage berries of the wood
  • barbaric; not civilized
  • savage manners
  • * 1719-
  • I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.
  • * E. D. Griffin
  • What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?
  • fierce and ferocious
  • savage beasts
    a savage spirit
  • brutal, vicious or merciless
  • He gave the dog a savage kick.
    The woman was killed in a savage manner.
  • (UK, slang) unpleasant or unfair
  • - I'll see you in detention.
    - Ah, savage !


    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
  • * 1847 , , Tancred: or The New Crusade , page 251
  • 'Well, my lord, I don't know,' said Freeman with a sort of jolly sneer; 'we have been dining with the savages'.'
    'They are not '
    , Freeman.'
    'Well, my lord, they have not much more clothes, anyhow; and as for knives and forks, there is not such a thing known.'
  • (figuratively) A defiant person.
  • Verb

  • To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  • (figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
  • (obsolete) To make savage.
  • * South
  • Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.






    (en adjective)
  • Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
  • He made a maverick decision.
    He is a maverick person.


    (en noun)
  • An unbranded range animal.
  • * Around 1900 , O Henry,
  • Long Bill was a graduate of the camp and trail. Luck and thrift, a cool head, and a telescopic eye for mavericks had raised him from cowboy to be a cowman.
  • One who does not abide by rules.
  • One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
  • Florence Nightingale would have been perceived as a maverick during her early career, because she was prioritizing hygiene when everybody else involved in healthcare was focused on other things, such as surgery and pills.'' (Source: Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, ''Trick or Treatment , 2008, p. 36-37.)
  • (poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in
  • Synonyms

    * (one who does not abide by rules) individualist, lone gunman, nonconformist, rebel

    See also



    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 English eponyms