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hodgepodge

[hoj-poj] /ˈhɒdʒˌpɒdʒ/
noun
1.
a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; variant of hotchpotch
Synonyms
conglomeration, miscellany, muddle, mess.
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British Dictionary definitions for hodgepodge

hodgepodge

/ˈhɒdʒˌpɒdʒ/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a jumbled mixture
2.
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

hotchpotch

/ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a jumbled mixture
2.
a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
Word Origin
C15: a variant of hotchpot
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Word Origin and History for hodgepodge
n.

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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