mish·​mash | \ ˈmish-ˌmash How to pronounce mishmash (audio) , -ˌmäsh \

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Examples of mishmash in a Sentence

the painting was just a mishmash of colors and abstract shapes as far as we could tell
Recent Examples on the Web The letter is a bizarre mishmash of justifications and confused messaging. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major investment firm to prioritize sustainability, back off coal," 14 Jan. 2020 Every relationship, regardless of outward appearances, is a mishmash of experiences and emotions. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The fortifying joy in showing up for grief," 22 Dec. 2019 The good news is the Knicks also beat the Warriors (+3.5, -115), and Golden State is a mishmash unit with the worst record in the NBA. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors odds, picks and best bets," 15 Dec. 2019 Royal blue, teal and yellow mustard hues combine for a pleasing color palette with a mishmash of tile, blond wood tables and sleek light fixtures contributing to the vibrant aesthetic. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This biscuit-based breakfast spot is taking over Louisville — and is 'worth every crumb'," 11 Dec. 2019 The deal was a mishmash of conditions typical of both a landlord-tenant agreement and a land-sale contract. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "'A dream destroyed': How a homeownership deal left an Indianapolis couple homeless," 3 Dec. 2019 Republicans instead want to mire Democrats in a sloppy fight, making the hearings into such a confusing mishmash of competing information that even Republicans troubled by Mr. Trump’s actions see no upside in breaking with him. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Sidelined for Months, Judiciary Panel Will Reclaim Impeachment Drive It Once Led," 1 Dec. 2019 Lam’s fish fixation is good news for Fort Lauderdale’s sushi scene, too often a dull sea of sameness amid mishmash menus of Thai and Asian fusion cuisine. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Kaizen Sushi Bar in Fort Lauderdale shines with quality and value," 20 Nov. 2019 The members of West’s Sunday Service Choir sing in ascending and descending zig-zags, at a mishmash of tempos, as a piano spirals like a friendly gnat. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Kanye West Strains His Voice on Jesus Is King," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mishmash

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mishmash

Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix

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The first known use of mishmash was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2020

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“Mishmash.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishmash. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mishmash

informal : a confused mixture of things

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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