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A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble.

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


1. a jumbled mixture
2. (Cookery) a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): hotchpotch
[C15: variant of hotchpot]



a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.
[1615–25; variant of hotchpotch]

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.hodgepodge - a motley assortment of thingshodgepodge - 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.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"


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After seeing the hodgepodge, I used a gallery washroom in the back of a packed storage area.