hodgepodge

noun

hodge·​podge ˈhäj-ˌpäj How to pronounce hodgepodge (audio)
: a heterogeneous mixture : jumble
a hodgepodge of styles

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 Bonds tells these stories in an abstract way, using a hodgepodge of rich hues and distinct fabric prints to get at the emotional truth of each patient’s experience. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, 14 May 2024 Seventy years ago, the Orioles were a hodgepodge of journeymen, has-beens and youngsters bent on escaping the cellar of the eight-team American League, where the franchise had finished in two of the previous three years. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb. 2024 For one particularly troubled project, a story that had somehow switched from sci-fi to horror and endured the loss of sets, he was left with a hodgepodge of footage that didn’t make sense or have any consistency. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2024 Meanwhile, the town itself isn’t really a town at all, but a hodgepodge of homeowners’ associations and other organizations that approximate the work of a mayor or city council—neither of which exist in Big Sky. Longreads, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hodgepodge 

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of hotchpotch

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hodgepodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hodgepodge. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

hodgepodge

noun
hodge·​podge ˈhäj-ˌpäj How to pronounce hodgepodge (audio)
: a confused mixture : jumble
Etymology

an altered form of hotchpotch, from Middle English hochepot "mixed stew," derived from early French hochepot (same meaning), from hochier "to shake" and pot "pot, container"

Word Origin
Hodgepodge and its older form hotchpotch are part of a group of words that rhyme all by themselves. Hobnob and willy-nilly are others. In the case of hodgepodge and hotchpotch, the rhyme is not an accident. These words came to English from early French in the form hochepot. The spelling was changed to make the second half of the word rhyme with the first. In French hochepot was a stew of many foods cooked together in a pot. Perhaps the pot was shaken instead of stirred since hochepot was formed from hochier, meaning "to shake," and pot, which had the same meaning in early French as it does in English now. Before long hotchpotch and hodgepodge were used not just for a mixture of foods cooking in a pot but for any mixture of different things.

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Hodge Podge

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