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A hodgepodge.

[Middle English hochepoche, alteration of hochepot; see hotchpot.]


(ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ) or


1. a jumbled mixture
2. (Cookery) a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
[C15: a variant of hotchpot]



1. a thick soup or stew of vegetables or meat, often thickened with barley.
[1350–1400; Middle English hoche poche, rhyming variant of hotchpot]

Hotchpotch, Hodgepodge

 a 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hotchpotch - a motley assortment of thingshotchpotch - a motley assortment of things  
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
2.hotchpotch - a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
stew - food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables


[ˈhɒtʃpɒtʃ] N (Brit) → mezcolanza f


n (Brit) → Durcheinander nt, → Mischmasch m


[ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ] n (Brit) → pot-pourri m
References in classic literature ?
Many a poisonous hotchpotch hath evolved in our cellars: many an indescribable thing hath there been done.
Personally, he was an intellectual moralist, and more offending to him than platitudinous pomposity was the morality of those about him, which was a curious hotchpotch of the economic, the metaphysical, the sentimental, and the imitative.
We are calling on the UK Government to streamline the current hotchpotch of childcare schemes into a simple and responsive childcare system that makes sure every parent is better off working and makes sure childcare quality is high enough to boost children's outcomes in life.
The departures have left the Riversiders over-reliant on a hotchpotch of bowling all-rounders, so if a platform is laid which can allow them to use their powerful strokeplay to its full effect rather than worry about gluing the innings together, there could be enough for a typically powerful Durham seam attack to play with, particularly on early-season pitches.
The proposals as they stand for the Stockton borough are a hotchpotch with no fewer than three communities - Billingham, Norton and Stockton itself - split into different constituencies, showing the Boundary Commission doesn't understand the area.
Floral, flags, print or plain - as long as they don't match, they will look all nicely hotchpotch together.
Floral, flags, print or plain - as long as none of them match, they will look all nicely hotchpotch together.
Skylark was part of a hotchpotch of 700 civilian vessels sent across the Channel to rescue the retreating British Expeditionary Force.
So far we've been fobbed off with a hotchpotch of half-truths and lies that The Donald would be proud of.
Old rules made in 1983 and a hotchpotch of government Rules were used, making the governance of the Institute not so professional.
It's a place that's hardly been touched by the hands of time, with stunning architecture set around a hotchpotch of ancient cobblestone streets and inviting canals.
29 November & 6 December 2015 4 days NOW from PS343 With stunning architecture set around a hotchpotch of ancient cobbled streets and canals, Bruges is a magical location for a Christmas market - one which offers an excellent choice of festive gifts and activities - as you will discover on this escorted holiday by rail.