Whig

Whig
\ \ [17] Whig appears to be short for the now obsolete Scottish term whiggamaire. This presumably originally meant ‘horse-driver’ (it is assumed to have been formed from the Scottish verb whigdrive’, whose origins are not known, and maire, a Scottish form of marefemale horse’), but its earliest recorded application was to Presbyterian supporters in Scotland. It was later adopted as a name for those who opposed the succession of the Catholic James II, and by 1689 it had established itself as the title of one of the two main British political parties, opposed to the Tories.

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • whig — whig …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • whig — [ wig ] n. • 1690; mot angl. 1 ♦ Hist. Au XVIIe s., Partisan du bill d exclusion voté contre le catholique duc d York. 2 ♦ Membre du parti libéral opposé aux torys, aux XVIIIe et XIXe s. Adj. « leurs adversaires whigs » (Madelin) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Whig — may refer to:Political parties and factionsIn the United Kingdom* Kirk Party, a faction of the Scottish Covenanters during the 17th century Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and the original Whigs. (See also Whigg and Whiggamore Raid) * Whig (British… …   Wikipedia

  • whig — whig·ga·more; whig·gery; whig·gi·fy; whig·gish; whig·gish·ly; whig·gism; whig·ling; whig·ma·lee·rie; whig; whig·ism; whig·ma·lee·ry; …   English syllables

  • Whig — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whig — s.m. Nume dat adversarilor ducelui de York, organizaţi într un partid care, după dezmembrarea partidului, la începutul sec. XIX, au intrat în partidul liberal englez. [pr.: uig] – cuv. engl. Trimis de cata, 27.02.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  whig s. m.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Whig — British political party, 1657, in part perhaps a disparaging use of whigg a country bumpkin (1640s); but mainly a shortened form of Whiggamore (1649) one of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in western Scotland who marched on Edinburgh in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Whig — (pronunc. [uig]; pl. «whigs») adj. y n. Del partido liberal inglés. * * * El término Whig corresponde al antiguo nombre del partido Liberal británico. La denominación Partido Liberal comenzó a aplicarse a mediados del siglo XIX y a finales de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • whig — /wig/, it. /wig/ s. ingl. [prob. abbrev. di Whiggamore, nome di un gruppo di insorti scozzesi, nel 1648], usato in ital. come s.m. e agg. ■ s.m. 1. (stor.) [partito storico dell Inghilterra fautore della tolleranza in campo religioso e degli… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Whig — [hwig, wig] n. [shortened form of whiggamore (applied to Scot Covenanters who marched on Edinburgh in 1648), an erratic form of Scot whiggamaire < whig, a cry to urge on horses + mare, horse] 1. a member of a political party in England (fl.… …   English World dictionary

  • Whig — Whig, a. Of or pertaining to the Whigs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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