hotch·​potch ˈhäch-ˌpäch How to pronounce hotchpotch (audio)
: a thick soup or stew of vegetables, potatoes, and usually meat

Examples of hotchpotch in a Sentence

Sunday supper was a hotchpotch of leftovers.
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Word History


Middle English hochepot, from Anglo-French, from hocher to shake + pot pot

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotchpotch was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Hotchpotch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


hotch·​potch ˈhäch-ˌpäch How to pronounce hotchpotch (audio)

Middle English hochepot "mixed stew," derived from early French hochepot (same meaning), from hocher "to shake" and pot "pot, container" see Word History at hodgepodge

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