gallimaufry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gallimaufry a motley assortment of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gallimaufry A hash of various kinds of meats, a ragout. "Delighting in hodge-podge, gallimaufries , forced meat."
    • Gallimaufry Any absurd medley; a hotchpotch. "The Mahometan religion, which, being a gallimaufry made up of many, partakes much of the Jewish."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gallimaufry A hash; a medley; a hodgepodge, made up of the remnants and scraps of the larder.
    • n gallimaufry Hence Any inconsistent or ridiculous medley.
    • n gallimaufry A medley of persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gallimaufry gal-i-maw′fri (Shak.) any inconsistent or absurd medley: a medley of persons.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. galimafrée, a sort of ragout or mixed hash of different meats
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. galimafrée, a ragout, hash.

Usage

In literature:

All this jumble, this gallimaufry, I say, does not impair the spiritual worth of the play.
"Introduction to Robert Browning" by Hiram Corson
The Hotchpotch or Gallimaufry of the perpetually begging Friars.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
They seemed to have been derived rather from a gallimaufry of familiar models.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
I cherished my gallimaufry of rainbow-coloured labels almost as passionately as the miser his hoard of gold.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
The Hotchpotch or Gallimaufry of the perpetually begging Friars.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
This so terrified Panurge that he forthwith said to Epistemon, The devil mince me into a gallimaufry if I do not tremble for fear!
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
To net a Millsborough gallimaufry of decadents, criminals, and potential rebels had become in a few hours his absorbing desire.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
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