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
Recent Examples on the Web Clorox, which started life in 1913, can also be seen as a hodgepodge: Its roster includes Liquid-Plumr, Brita water filters, and Fresh Step kitty litter. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Clorox’s new CEO plans to turn disinfectant wipes into future wins," 21 Oct. 2020 Still, Healthy Steps and more than a dozen programs offering similar services, are paid for through a hodgepodge of public, private and philanthropic sources. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Opening 'so many doors for families': COVID underscores importance of wrap-around care for new moms and children," 20 Oct. 2020 Analysts say Amazon Prime Day's offers will be less of a hodgepodge than in previous years and clearly more focused on holiday items, either for oneself or others, with a focus on home appliances and consumer electronics. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Amazon Prime Day expected to hit nearly $10 billion in a big jolt to retailers’ holiday shopping plans," 12 Oct. 2020 Regulators have long fretted that the hodgepodge of systems, a legacy of a string of deals in the 1990s that turned Citigroup into a financial powerhouse, could make the bank vulnerable to costly and potentially damaging missteps. David Benoit, WSJ, "Regulators Fine Citigroup $400 Million Over ‘Serious Ongoing Deficiencies’," 7 Oct. 2020 Beneath the bulletproof helmets surrounding the gas station last week was a hodgepodge of ideas about what Oath Keepers is and isn’t. Washington Post, "Behind the armor: Men seek ‘purpose’ in protecting property despite charges of racism," 5 Oct. 2020 What might have otherwise been seen as an amateurish hodgepodge of ideas earned gravitas once its author was gunned down. AZCentral.com, "How William Cooper and his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory," 1 Oct. 2020 And in the next chapter, deBoer descends into a weird hodgepodge of ideas that don’t have much to do with the rest of the book. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Genetics Affect Intelligence: Confronting the Consequences, from the Left," 17 Sep. 2020 But the administration’s targeting of critical race theory draws on a hodgepodge of concepts — like diversity training and unconscious bias — that are similarly concerned with America’s continuing racial inequality. Washington Post, "Trump calls critical race theory ‘un-American.’ Let’s review.," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of hodgepodge was in the 15th century

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30 Oct 2020

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“Hodgepodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hodgepodge. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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

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