• WordNet 3.6
    • n Whig a member of the Whig Party that existed in the United States before the American Civil War
    • n Whig a supporter of the American Revolution
    • n Whig 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whig (Amer. Hist) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
    • n Whig Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet herbs, used as a cooling beverage.
    • a Whig Of or pertaining to the Whigs.
    • Whig (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 The terms Liberal and Radical have now generally superseded Whig in English politics.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.
    • Whig (Amer. Hist) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Whig Sour whey.
    • n Whig Buttermilk.
    • Whig To move at an easy and steady pace; jog.
    • Whig To urge forward, as a horse.
    • n Whig One of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in Scotland about the middle of the seventeenth century: a name given in derision.
    • n Whig [capitalized] A member of one of the two great political parties of Great Britain, the other being the Tories (later the Conservatives). The whigs were the successors of the Roundheads of the Civil War and the Country party of the Restoration. The name was given to them about 1679 as a reproach by their opponents, the Court party, through a desire to confound them with the rebel Whigs of Scotland (see whig, 1). The Whigs favored the Revolution of 1688-9, and governed Great Britain for a long period in the eighteenth century. In general, they may be called the party of progress; one of their principal achievements was the passage of the Reform Bill in 1832. About the same time the name Whig began to be replaced by Liberal, though still retained to denote the more conservative members of the Liberal party. See Liberal, Tory.
    • n Whig [capitalized] In American history:
    • n Whig A member of the patriotic party during the revolutionary period.
    • n Whig One of a political party in the United States which grew up, in opposition to the Democratic party, out of the National Republican party. It was first called the Whig party in 1834. Its original principles were extension of nationalizing tendencies, and support of the United States Bank, of a protective tariff, and of a system of internal improvements at national expense. It won the presidential elections of 1840 and 1848, but soon after divided upon the slavery question. It lost its last national election in 1852, and soon after many of its members became temporarily members of the American and Constitutional Union parties, but eventually most of its northern members became Republicans, most of its southern members Democrats.
    • Whig Relating to or composed of Whigs, in any use of that word; whiggish: as, Whig measures; a Whig ministry.
    • n Whig A variant of wig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whig hwig the name, since 1830 almost superseded by 'Liberal,' of one of the great English political parties: a Scotch Presbyterian, first so called in the middle of the 17th century:
    • adj Whig composed of Whigs—also Whig′gish
    • v.i Whig hwig (Scot.) to jog along.
    • n Whig hwig (prov.) sour whey, buttermilk.
    • n Whig hwig (U.S.) one of those who in the colonial period were opposed to British rule: one of the survivors of the old National Republican party, first so called in 1834—it died in 1852
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. short for whiggamore.


In literature:

He was a Liberal of the most pronounced type, and his articles soon attracted the attention of the Whigs.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It resulted in the defeat of the Whig party.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Party proceed to the American Rancho, headquarters of Whigs.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
A committee of elections was next named, consisting of nine whigs and three tories.
"The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746)" by James Pringle Thomson
It must be acknowledged, however, that the Whig maxim, though a watchword of faction, was no blunder of fact.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
Internal improvements, Whig policy concerning, III.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Both Whigs and Tories united in the action of the meeting.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
This is strange doctrine in Whig mouths.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
It destroyed the grand old Whig party.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But they were Whigs, and King George himself was a Whig.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord

In poetry:

A pinch o' snuff to poison the whigs,
A gill o' Geneva to drown them;
And he that winna drink Charlie's health,
May roaring seas surround him.
"O'er The Water To Charlie" by Henry Morley
"He knew a hundred pleasant stories
With all the turns of Whigs and Tories:
Was cheerful to his dying day;
And friends would let him have his way.
"Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." by Jonathan Swift
The Whigs may scoff, the Whigs may jeer,
But ah! that love maun be sincere,
Which still keeps true whate'er betide,
An' for his sake leaves a' beside.
"He's Owre the Hills that I Lo'e Weel" by Carolina Oliphant
He should be king, ye ken wha I mean,
Tho' Whigs that winna allow, allow;
We daurna speak out, but ye needna doubt,
That a' that we tell is true is true.
"Gathering Song" by Carolina Oliphant
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum
He can fight the hero bright, with his heels and armour tight
And the wind of heavenly night, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
"Aikendrum" by James Hogg
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum
But we've sought the country o'er, with cannon and claymore,
And still they are before, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We may seek forevermore, Aikendrum!
"Aikendrum" by James Hogg

In news:

The Afghan Whigs at Wonder Ballroom, November 2.
Best of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and more.
Illinois sweeps at Herald Whig Classic.
Because unless Republicans start looking to appealing minority candidates on their national tickets--and at demographics--they will go the way of the Whigs.
Album art for The Afghan Whigs's " Gentlemen " (Album Art).
Quincy Herald -Whig Illinois & Missouri News, Sports.
Afghan Whigs Are Uptown Again.
Whig.com is your source for information in Quincy, West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri .
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View full size The Whigs recorded their new album "Enjoy The Company" with producer John Agnello, whose previous credits include Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr (Courtesy Joshua Black Wilkins).
Whig Party rises again in Nevada.
Prepare to Whig out on Thanksgiving Eve at Headliners.
The Afghan Whigs, ' See and Don't See '.
The recently reunited Afghan Whigs have returned with their first new recording in over five years: a cover of " See and Don't See ," originally recorded in 1970 by Marie "Queenie" Lyons.
Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Whigs – September 1st.