maverick

  1. independent in behavior or thought

    Synonyms : irregular, unorthodox
    Examples :
    • maverick politicians
  2. someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

    Synonyms : rebel
    Type Of : nonconformist, recusant
  3. an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it

    Type Of : calf

matriarchy

  1. a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line

    Synonyms : matriarchate
    Type Of : social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure

masochist

  1. someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment

    Antonyms : sadist
    Type Of : degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert

martinet

  1. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

    Synonyms : disciplinarian, moralist
    Type Of : authoritarian, dictator

marsupial

  1. mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried

    Synonyms : pouched mammal
    Type Of : metatherian
  2. of or relating to the marsupials

    Examples :
    • marsupial animals

marshal

  1. a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law

    Synonyms : marshall
    Type Of : law officer, lawman, peace officer
  2. make ready for action or use

    Synonyms : mobilise, mobilize, summon
    Type Of : collect, gather, pull together, garner
    Examples :
    • marshal resources
  3. (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank

    Synonyms : marshall
    Type Of : commissioned military officer
  4. arrange in logical order

    Type Of : arrange, set up
    Examples :
    • marshal facts or arguments
  5. lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

    Type Of : show, usher
  6. place in proper rank

    Type Of : lay, put, set, place, pose, position
    Examples :
    • marshal the troops

marred

  1. blemished by injury or rough wear

    Synonyms : scarred
    Examples :
    • walls marred by graffiti

mallet

  1. a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing

    Synonyms : beetle
    Type Of : hammer
  2. a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.

    Synonyms : hammer
    Type Of : drumstick
  3. a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball

    Type Of : sports implement

malleable

  1. easily influenced

    Synonyms : ductile
  2. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

    Synonyms : ductile, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractile
    Examples :
    • malleable metals such as gold

malingerer

  1. someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity

    Synonyms : shammer, skulker
    Type Of : shirker, slacker