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Meaning of WHIG

Pronunciation:  wig

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of the Whig Party in the United States in pre-Civil-War times
  2. [n]  a supporter of the American Revolution
  3. [n]  urged social reform in 19th century England

WHIG is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: admirer, booster, champion, friend, liberal, pol, political leader, politician, politico, progressive, protagonist, supporter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whig\, n. [See {Whey}.]
    Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet
    herbs, used as a cooling beverage. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Whig\, n. [Said to be from whiggam, a term used in
    Scotland in driving horses, whiggamore one who drives horses
    (a term applied to some western Scotchmen), contracted to
    whig. In 1648, a party of these people marched to Edinburgh
    to oppose the king and the duke of Hamilton (the Whiggamore
    raid), and hence the name of Whig was given to the party
    opposed to the court. Cf. Scot. whig to go quickly.]
    1. (Eng. Politics) One of a political party which grew up in
       England in the seventeenth century, in the reigns of
       Charles I. and II., when great contests existed respecting
       the royal prerogatives and the rights of the people. Those
       who supported the king in his high claims were called
       Tories, and the advocates of popular rights, of
       parliamentary power over the crown, and of toleration to
       Dissenters, were, after 1679, called Whigs. The terms
       Liberal and Radical have now generally superseded Whig in
       English politics. See the note under {Tory}.
    2. (Amer. Hist.)
       (a) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; --
           opposed to {Tory}, and {Royalist}.
       (b) One of the political party in the United States from
           about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the
           Democratic party.
  3. \Whig\, a.
    Of or pertaining to the Whigs.