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

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Shannon said there were a hodgepodge of reasons given — including documents saved to her work computer related to her small business selling waist trainers and hair extensions. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "City fundraising office deleted emails about nonprofit tied to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan," 4 Apr. 2019 And the industry says a broader issue at stake here is whether its members, which transit the waters of many states, have to grapple with a hodgepodge of different requirements in each one. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Healey, blasting oil barge industry, looks to protect Mass. tugboat escort law," 24 June 2019 Another favorite of Agatha Christie, the hotel, which dates back to 1899, is a decadent hodgepodge of Egyptian and French architecture. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "A Nile Cruise With Retro-Glamour Appeal," 30 May 2018 Collins was only on the job six months, having replaced a hodgepodge of folks who tried—valiantly but not very successfully—to keep the financial engine running after Karen Jacobs suddenly resigned a year ago this month. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al.com, "Johnson: Bham transit’s interim leader is now the CEO; get ready for more change," 20 June 2019 The city, in pursuit of progressive values, has made the San Francisco tax code a misbegotten hodgepodge of financial chicanery. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco, why are you so taxing?," 19 June 2019 Elle Fanning Fanning's Miu Miu look was a hodgepodge of references, ranging from '80s charm necklaces to Barbie. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Here Are All the Fashion References You Might Have Missed from the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The net effect, teachers say, is a hodgepodge system in which students are taught by fledgling teachers on emergency licenses, or teachers aides and subs — if schools can get them. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is hemorrhaging workers, its teachers union says. Will a new salary schedule help?," 10 June 2019 The vibe is California chic, with white chairs, rose-gold finishes, and a hodgepodge of beachy decor. Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 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

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

\ ˈhäj-ˌpäj\

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not constant or steady

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