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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There were black and gold chain ensembles, logo sweatshirts, and colorful faux fur coats—making for an eclectic hodgepodge of runway looks. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 2018 Without giving away too many specific details, here's a hodgepodge of absolutely bonkers things Joe does only days after learning Beck's name: Tracks down her address and watches her through her large bay windows. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Penn Badgley Is Way Creepier Than Dan Humphrey On His New Show You," 9 Sep. 2018 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 And some, like me, end up buying property here despite the fact that (or because) this globally renowned cultural mecca consists of a single stoplight, a few dusty streets, and a hodgepodge of mostly unassuming architecture. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 This year's show clocked at just over two-and-a-half hours and featured a hodgepodge of performances and buzzy moments that will certainly have the Internet talking for days. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "MTV VMAs 2018: All the Moments You Need to Know About," 21 Aug. 2018 At a glance, Santa Fe’s diverse hodgepodge of people has a sartorial vibrancy and a swagger unlike anywhere else in the United States. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What Street Style Looks Like in the Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico," 19 July 2018 What really emerges from the hodgepodge of books, trade articles and firsthand accounts of the Countach’s construction is a counterintuitive model for leading a team toward genius. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane," 31 May 2018 On the designer's frequently updated Tumblr, fans can check out a hodgepodge of Jones' other sources of inspiration, from personal snapshots and nature photography to music videos and editorial scans. Elana Fishman, Marie Claire, "Project Runway," 20 May 2011

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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


hodge·​podge | \ˈhäj-ˌpäj \

Kids Definition of hodgepodge

: a disorderly mixture

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to make faulty or ineffective

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