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[hoj-poj] /ˈhɒdʒˌpɒdʒ/
a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.
Origin of hodgepodge
1615-25; variant of hotchpotch
conglomeration, miscellany, muddle, mess. Unabridged
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  • French was to be no longer a hodgepodge or a patois, but the pure and perfect speech of the king and his court.

  • The Church was a hodgepodge of conflicting doctrines and ceremonial.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • Remember then, that all is recorded by God and conscience; and all this hodgepodge of vanity must be reviewed and answered for.

  • "Look at this, madam, look at this hodgepodge," moaned the women.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • They were all talking together in a hodgepodge, some pointing this way, some that, for they had lost their way.

    Tales from Tennyson Molly K. Bellew
  • It was filled with a hodgepodge of papers, books, old clothes and bundles of linen.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for hodgepodge


noun (US & Canadian)
a jumbled mixture
a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) hotchpotch
Word Origin
C15: variant of hotchpot
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Word Origin and History for hodgepodge

also hodge podge, hodge-podge, early 15c., hogpoch, alteration of hotchpotch (late 14c.) "a kind of stew," especially "one made with goose, herbs, spices, wine, and other ingredients," earlier an Anglo-French legal term (late 13c.) meaning "collection of property in a common 'pot' before dividing it equally," from Old French hochepot "stew, soup," first element from hocher "to shake," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German hotzen "shake").

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