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 Baltimore’s Inner Harbor draws millions of visitors a year, but the place can feel like a dizzying hodgepodge of chain restaurants (Bubba Gump, anyone?), long lines and pricey souvenirs. Debra Bruno, Washington Post, "For a better sense of Baltimore, get out of the Inner Harbor and head to Fells Point," 6 Nov. 2019 There are few accurate estimates of the exact number of ALPRs across the US, which is a hodgepodge of local, state, and federal and tribal license plate readers. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Automatic license plate readers are making getaway cars extinct," 4 Oct. 2019 The Seaport, by comparison, features a collection of parks and plazas built by various developers that can feel more like a hodgepodge than a coordinated effort. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Designing a neighborhood from scratch: The stakes are high at Suffolk Downs," 17 June 2019 American chop suey is a hodgepodge of familiar ingredients quickly sautéed, mixed with pasta, and baked. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: American chop suey is beloved comfort food served by families all over the country," 3 Sep. 2019 Companies will attempt to have a hybrid hodgepodge. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Why NBC’s ‘The Office’ takeback could be the beginning of consumer chaos," 28 June 2019 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

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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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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

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