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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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
1545-1555
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."