What does the word whig mean?

Usage examples for whig

  1. Despite my English friends, and thanks to Mr. Wilson and my Aunt Gainor, I was fast becoming an ardent Whig, so that the talk, in which I had small share, interested me deeply. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  2. There is not one of the household who is not a consistent Whig, and there hath been no opportunity for anything of the sort. – Peggy Owen and Liberty by Lucy Foster Madison