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 Hard to say, as there have been multiple 25- and 50-pound bags, plus a hodgepodge of five-pounders, too. Washington Post, "Our top 10 baking recipes of 2020 featured cake, pie and a whole bunch of bread," 19 Dec. 2020 As a result, Americans are now wearing a hodgepodge of coverings, from home-sewn to commercial versions, with various levels of protection. Markian Hawryluk, Los Angeles Times, "T-shirt? Towel? Some experts say it’s time to get beyond states’ anything-goes approach to masks," 18 Nov. 2020 Rather than altering the region’s economic terrain, the RCEP merges a hodgepodge of bilateral and plurilateral deals into a single framework. The Editors, National Review, "Shunning the Trans-Pacific Partnership Was a Costly Mistake," 18 Nov. 2020 Teachers treated Wikipedia like the study guide SparkNotes—a shortcut for homework shirkers, and a hodgepodge compiled by autodidacts and trivia buffs. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Wikipedia, “Jeopardy!,” and the Fate of the Fact," 16 Nov. 2020 Dixon, the attorney, would like to see the company adopt American Petroleum Institute standards, instead of following a hodgepodge of fire department guidelines. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Residents oppose expansion of an oil storage business in their Provo neighborhood," 2 Nov. 2020 Elsewhere, a hodgepodge of rules have been enacted. NBC News, "Germany grapples with coronavirus spike months after it was hailed for good practice," 23 Oct. 2020 The box that the archivist handed to me contained a hodgepodge of photographs, newspaper clippings, and objects. Brett Rosenberg, The New Republic, "The Small, Midwestern Town Taken Over by Fake Communists," 22 Oct. 2020 Further, in the absence of detailed federal guidelines, states imposed a hodgepodge of lockdown policies, only to have some undermined by politicians, including the president. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, "The U.S. was the world's best prepared nation to confront a pandemic. How did it spiral to 'almost inconceivable' failure?," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Dec 2020

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“Hodgepodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hodgepodge. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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

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