(noun) a member of the Whig Party that existed in the United States before the American Civil War
(noun) a supporter of the American Revolution
(noun) 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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whig (plural whigs)
(UK, dialect, obsolete) Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet herbs, used as a cooling beverage.
Compare frig, jig
whig (third-person singular simple present whigs, present participle whigging, simple past and past participle whigged)
(transitive) Urge forward; drive briskly.
(intransitive) Jog along; move or work briskly.
(transitive) Weird out or disturb someone.
Whig (plural Whigs)
(UK politics) a member of an 18th- and 19th-century political party in Britain that was opposed to the Tories, and eventually became the Liberal Party.
(US politics) an advocate of war against Britain during the American Revolution.
(US politics) a member of a 19th-century US political party opposed to the Democratic Party.
Whig, n. Etym: [See Whey.]
Definition: Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet
herbs, used as a cooling beverage. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Whig, n. Etym: [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)
Definition: 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superseded Whig in English politics.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.
Definition: Of or pertaining to the Whigs.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition