hodge·podge | \ˈhäj-ˌpäj \

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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Some—notably the 5 Star Movement—are an ideological hodgepodge united by their claim to offer a new politics. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "Italy Shakes Europe’s Establishment as Political Upstarts Form Pact to Govern," 13 May 2018 This year’s lineup is a genre-bending hodgepodge of both popular and emerging acts. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival, Gustavo Romero," 13 July 2018 The bill marks the latest Sacramento showdown over how to change the state’s lending code, a hodgepodge of rules that limit fees and interest on some types of loans while leaving others unregulated. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 Somehow this hodgepodge of bright, vegetal, sweet, and briny flavors is pleasing rather than dissonant. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 For the rest of the banking system — a hodgepodge of smaller commercial banks, postal savings banks and other savings institutions — the central bank’s move frees up $31 billion. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 The video showed a weird hodgepodge of influences ranging from past Bethesda single-player RPGs to brutal survival crafting games like ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles to the character progression and cooperative loot grind of Destiny. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 Somehow meaning everything and nothing at all, one of the restaurant’s taglines aptly summed up the glorious hodgepodge: Good Food, Good Folks, Good Times. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, "The Weird, Wonderful Restaurant Where I Always Wanted to Work," 6 June 2018 The Belgian fashion god has spent three decades doing loud and attention-grabbing the right way: in this case, that means a masterful hodgepodge of out-there prints that together form something resembling art. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Swim Trunks Will Double As Your Favorite Shorts All Summer Long," 1 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

: a mixture of different things


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Kids Definition of hodgepodge

: a disorderly mixture

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evasion of direct action or statement

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