hotchpotch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hotchpotch a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
    • n hotchpotch a motley assortment of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hotchpotch (Law) A blending of property for equality of division, as when lands given in frank-marriage to one daughter were, after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands descending to her and to her sisters from the same ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular child or children, for the purpose of a more equal division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children; the property advanced being accounted for at its value when given.
    • Hotchpotch A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge. "A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hotchpotch A cooked dish containing a medley of ingredients; specifically, in Scotland, a kind of thick broth made by boiling lamb, mutton, or beef with many kinds of vegetables.
    • n hotchpotch An indiscriminate mixture; a medley or jumble; a hodgepodge.
    • n hotchpotch Synonyms See mixture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hotchpotch 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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hochepot, fr. hocher, to shake + pot, pot; both of Dutch or German origin; cf. OD. hutspot, hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen, to shake. See Hustle, and Pot, and cf. Hodgepodge
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:

The Hotchpotch or Gallimaufry of the perpetually begging Friars.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
First they ate "hotchpotch," soup with the meat swimming in capital broth.
"The Underground City" by Jules Verne
Don't they make a regular hotchpotch of right and wrong?
"An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen
The Hotchpotch or Gallimaufry of the perpetually begging Friars.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
It was a regular hotchpotch.
"The Lady With The Dog and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
The servants, therefore, browsing rumours wherever they go, bring back a curious hotchpotch after each separate excursion.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
Their religion is a hotchpotch of Shamanism, Mahommedanism and Christianity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
But this is merely a trade jargon, a hotchpotch of Eskimo, Chukchi, Koryak, English and even Hawaiian.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Gradually, however, from this hotchpotch of types, the personality of the speaker detached itself and was able to impress Jenny's attention.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
This is one of the most extraordinary hotchpotches in all music.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson
Their God is the Lord of vengeance, their religion a hotchpotch of rank superstition.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
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