Definition of gallimaufry
: hodgepodge a gallimaufry of opinions
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Examples of gallimaufry in a Sentence
the collection is a gallimaufry of poems, essays, and short stories that have no apparent unifying theme
Did You Know?
If the word gallimaufry doesn't make your mouth water, it may be because you don't know its history. In the 16th century, Middle-French speaking cooks made a meat stew called "galimafree." It must have been a varied dish, because English speakers chose its name for any mix or jumble of things. If "gallimaufry" isn't to your taste, season your speech with one of its synonyms: "hash" (which can be a muddle or chopped meat and potatoes), "hotchpotch" (a stew or a hodgepodge), or "potpourri" (another stew turned medley).
Origin and Etymology of gallimaufry
borrowed from Middle French galimafree “stew made with various meats,” earlier calimafree “kind of sauce,” perhaps blend of galer “to squander in pleasures, have a good time” and Middle French dialect (Picard) mafrer “to gorge oneself,” borrowed from Middle Dutch moffelen, maffelen “to work the jaws,” of imitative origin — more at 2gallant
First Known Use: circa 1556See Words from the same year
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