hodge·​podge | \ ˈhäj-ˌpäj How to pronounce hodgepodge (audio) \

Definition of hodgepodge

: a heterogeneous mixture : jumble a hodgepodge of styles

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Examples of hodgepodge in a Sentence

the exhibit was a hodgepodge of mediocre art, bad art, and really bad art

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The net effect, teachers say, is a hodgepodge system in which students are taught by fledgling teachers on emergency licenses, or teachers aides and subs — if schools can get them. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is hemorrhaging workers, its teachers union says. Will a new salary schedule help?," 10 June 2019 The vibe is California chic, with white chairs, rose-gold finishes, and a hodgepodge of beachy decor. Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 The whole selection is a bit of a hodgepodge: Huawei thought to include a climb profile but no stair-stepper profile. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Yes, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tied the knot at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Friday, October 12 in front of a hodgepodge of celebrity guests, like Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, and Naomi Campbell. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Stole the Show at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 In the wrong hands, this approach might have yielded 21 hodgepodges, but Mr. Preston uses it so deftly that each chapter is like the seductive arrangement of some clever Papuan bowerbird. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Review: Flights of Fancy," 16 Nov. 2018 Arkham Horror’s revised design, in fact, comes across as a hodgepodge of influences, including Fantasy Flight’s own Mansions of Madness, Eldritch Horror, and even the recent Fallout board game. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 The city is a wild hodgepodge of restaurants, markets, and street stalls; its cuisine is a mix of Malay, Indian, Thai, and Chinese influences (with a particular leaning toward the Teochew, Hokkien, and Cantonese flavors of the Chinese south). Fuchsia Dunlop, Condé Nast Traveler, "Penang is Asia's Next Great Foodie City," 15 Nov. 2018 Photo: Sue Tremblay America’s ambulance protocols are a hodgepodge. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hodgepodge

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hodgepodge

alteration of hotchpotch

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English Language Learners Definition of hodgepodge

chiefly US : a mixture of different things


hodge·​podge | \ ˈhäj-ˌpäj How to pronounce hodgepodge (audio) \

Kids Definition of hodgepodge

: a disorderly mixture

Hodge Podge

\ ˈhäj-ˌpäj\

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