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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Definitions for gallimaufry

  1. A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

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Citations for gallimaufry
Today bilingual programs are conducted in a gallimaufry of around 80 tongues, ranging from Spanish to Lithuanian to Micronesian Yapese. Ezra Bowen, Time
We have the same eyes dark and chestnut hair. But I am a lame gallimaufry and she remains perfect. Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Origin of gallimaufry
Picard dialect
Gallimaufry, originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," comes from French galimafrée, from Old French, from galer, "to rejoice, to make merry" (source of English gala) + mafrer, "to eat much," from Medieval Dutch maffelen, "to open one's mouth wide."