hodgepodge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hodgepodge a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
    • n hodgepodge a motley assortment of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hodgepodge A mixed mass; a medley. See Hotchpot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hodgepodge Same as hotchpotch.
    • n hodgepodge In law, a commixture of lands. See hotchpot, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hodgepodge hoj′poj (see Hotchpotch)
    • n Hodgepodge a confused mass of ingredients shaken or mixed together in the same pot: a kind of mutton-broth in which green peas take the place of barley or rice
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. hochepothocher, to shake, and pot, a pot—Old Dut. hutsen, to shake, Dut. pot, a pot.

Usage

In literature:

However, jerk their chain and they are a hodgepodge of insecurities.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Populace-hodgepodge: therein is everything mixed with everything, saint and swindler, gentleman and Jew, and every beast out of Noah's ark.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
New York has a hodgepodge of over 116 such authorities; Minnesota, 75; Illinois, 100.
"The Boss and the Machine" by Samuel P. Orth
Thornton, listening to this hodgepodge of technicalities, was dismayed and distrustful.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
The loot that the Nipe had been stealing had, at first, seemed to be a hodgepodge of everything.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Well, Antonio, child, is not life a right merry, right silly, right absurd, and right horrible hodgepodge?
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
It is an awful hodgepodge of perfect nonsense and vulgar rascality.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Hodgepodges and flickerings, yes.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
Then there was all that occultistic hodgepodge with the old Hindoo.
"The Long Arm" by Franz Habl
French was to be no longer a hodgepodge or a patois, but the pure and perfect speech of the king and his court.
"A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance" by Joel Elias Spingarn
What a senseless hodgepodge it is!
"The Spirit of the Ghetto" by Hutchins Hapgood
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In news:

Local organized labor's hodgepodge of opinions on Proposal 6 -- a ballot initiative designed to - 7:03 am.
Hodgepodge of older driving rules across nation.
Hodgepodge of Washington wines worth considering.
Steroids evidence a " hodgepodge of garbage".
CU rolled out its new image a year ago and began phasing out a hodgepodge of inconsistent logos -- which have widely varied across departments and campuses, being used on websites, business cards and letterheads .
The Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas is an ambitious hodgepodge.
To listen to Big Boi talk about music, you'd think he was auditioning for a midday DJ slot on Sirius XM's adult-alternative hodgepodge the Loft.
State laws for elderly drivers a hodgepodge.
A hodgepodge of items all related to Sunday's world championship of Belgium.
This, naturally, resulted in a hodgepodge list of random items that should appeal to every plant-loving giftee on your list.
Playing a hodgepodge of genres and instruments, the Ragbirds manage to tie everything together.
Local organized labor's hodgepodge of opinions on Proposal 6 -- a ballot initiative designed to - 11:42 pm.
Five years ago, a Salinas high school mountain bike team started with 14 kids and a hodgepodge of borrowed and entry-level mountain bike s.
There will be a hodgepodge of global payments , bundled payments , quality payments , and yes, even fee for service.
The first three quarters , however, have been a hodgepodge of overthrows, sacks, more sacks, and overall often shoddy play by Cutler.
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