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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With and without him, the Raiders patched together a hodgepodge defensive front, which generated a total of 13 sacks last season, or half a sack more than Mack notched by himself in Chicago. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 The ornate decor featured crystal chandeliers and figurines of angels hanging from the ceiling and a hodgepodge of ancient Greek, Roman, and Louis XIV-era paintings and statuary. Richard Zoglin, Time, "Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis' Career Around," 23 July 2019 Companies will attempt to have a hybrid hodgepodge. Anchorage Daily News, "Why NBC’s takeback of ‘The Office’ could be the beginning of consumer chaos," 7 July 2019 The religious left — a hodgepodge of more progressive Catholics, Protestants and Jews and more conservative historically black Christian churches — tend not to be so focused on so few issues. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Pete Buttigieg plans to appeal to rural and religious voters," 26 Aug. 2019 And the industry says a broader issue at stake here is whether its members, which transit the waters of many states, have to grapple with a hodgepodge of different requirements in each one. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Healey, blasting oil barge industry, looks to protect Mass. tugboat escort law," 24 June 2019 Shannon said there were a hodgepodge of reasons given — including documents saved to her work computer related to her small business selling waist trainers and hair extensions. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "City fundraising office deleted emails about nonprofit tied to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan," 4 Apr. 2019 The Tuesday, August 8, special election in Ohio’s 12th district was a hodgepodge of messy politics. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Why Ohio's 12th District Special Election Matters," 8 Aug. 2018 The entire region was a hodgepodge of colonial outposts, sea gypsies, Christian missionaries, tea thieves, and Chinese admirals spreading Islam. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Island Hop in Thailand," 14 June 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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