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

  • n. A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of miscellaneous things; a jumble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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

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



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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

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    January 11, 2017