Pronunciation: (hwig, wig),[key] —v.i.,whigged, whig•ging.Scot. to move along briskly.
Pronunciation: (hwig, wig),[key] —n. 1. Amer. Hist. a. a member of the patriotic party during the Revolutionary period; supporter of the Revolution.
b. a member of a political party (c1834–1855) that was formed in opposition to the Democratic party, and favored economic expansion and a high protective tariff, while opposing the strength of the presidency in relation to the legislature.
2. Brit. Politics. a. a member of a major political party (1679–1832) in Great Britain that held liberal principles and favored reforms: later called the Liberal party.
b. (in later use) one of the more conservative members of the Liberal party.
—adj. 1. being a Whig.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Whigs.