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A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble.
[Alteration of Middle English hochepot, from Old French, stew; see hotchpot.]
nAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): hotchpotch
1. a jumbled mixture
2. (Cookery) a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
[C15: variant of hotchpot]
a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.
[1615–25; variant of hotchpotch]
Hotchpotch, Hodgepodgea confused mixture.
Examples: hotchpotch of errors, 1728; of garlic and cheese, 1591; of ideas; of many meats, 1530; of all sorts of men, 1652; of many nations, 1652; of true religion and popery, 1888; of songs, 1835; of tastes; of words, 1386.
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|Noun||1.||hodgepodge - a motley assortment of things |
farrago, gallimaufry, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
|2.||hodgepodge - a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas|
theory - a belief that can guide behavior; "the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"