Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as hotchpotch.
  • noun In law, a commixture of lands. See hotchpot, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mixed mass; a medley. See hotchpot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A collection of miscellaneous things; a jumble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a motley assortment of things
  • noun a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Middle English hochepot, from Old French, stew; see hotchpot.]

Examples

  • But doctors have chafed at being measured by what they describe as a hodgepodge of systems that lack any oversight and consistency -- and some health-care experts say they have a point.

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  • As an advocate of single-payer, I can't say I am particularly fond of some of these controversial parts, although given the total mess of the current system, and the convincing projections of how much worse it will get if we do nothing, I'm prepared to accept that even this hodgepodge is significantly better than nothing.

    Discourse.net: Harsh But Fair?

  • I've always wanted to use the word hodgepodge in a title of a blog post.

    Feld Thoughts

  • Mercy Corps is described as hodgepodge of about 3700 professionals working to help millions in crisis around the world.

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  • Mercy Corps - Mercy Corps is described as hodgepodge of about 3700 professionals working to help millions in crisis around the world.

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  • The song is a lot like the group itself - a revealingly rag-tag hodgepodge of goodness, an infectious combination of emotions, a mixture of joyful sounds.

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  • The Best Sandwiches in Toronto there's a new place called hodgepodge that has the best sandwich in the city.

    blogTO

  • The song is a lot like the group itself - a revealingly rag-tag hodgepodge of goodness, an infectious combination of emotions, a mixture of joyful sounds.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • The song is a lot like the group itself - a revealingly rag-tag hodgepodge of goodness, an infectious combination of emotions, a mixture of joyful sounds.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Theophrastus, who knew his book, said that it seemed only half-finished, a kind of hodgepodge he attributed to the author's melancholy.

    Doctor, My Eyes

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  • "Another particularly exhausting new dish came from Spain, a casserole known as olla podrida, olepotridge or hodge podge, whose merit seemed to consist in throwing as many things as you could put your hands on into the largest pot available. Markham's recipe for hodge podge was one of the earliest, representing hours of patient culinary toil. ... It could clearly be a case of the whole feast in a single dish, and, though it sounds fairly nasty, hodge podge was rich, expensive, time-consuming, and a fabulous way of showing off. ... Though its name came to mean something random and clumsy, the striking novelty of the hodge podge ensured its popularity, and it was exactly the kind of dish that paved the way for the table fork, another Continental habit poised to arrive in Britain."

    --Kate Colquhoun, <i>Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking</i> (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 118

    See also another note on hash.

    January 11, 2017