MEANING: verb tr: To repartition an area in order to create electoral districts that give an unfair advantage to a political party.
noun: An instance of gerrymandering.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of Elbridge Gerry and salamander. Massachusetts Governor Gerry’s party rearranged the electoral district boundaries and someone fancied the newly redistricted Essex County resembled a salamander. A cartoon showing the district in the shape of a salamander appeared in March 1812 issue of the Federalist newspaper. Earliest documented use: 1812.

GERRYWANDER - Gerry walks aimlessly (see also GERRYMEANDER)

GERRYWANDER - Gerry's mind is drifting

GERRYWANDER - Gerry is a magician