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[gal-uh-maw-free] /ˌgæl əˈmɔ fri/
noun, plural gallimaufries. Chiefly Literary.
a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
a ragout or hash.
Origin of gallimaufry
Picard dialect
1545-55; < Middle French galimafree kind of sauce or stew, probably a conflation of galer to amuse oneself (see gallant) and Picard dialect mafrer to gorge oneself (< Middle Dutch moffelen to eat, nosh) Unabridged
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  • All this jumble, this gallimaufry, I say, does not impair the spiritual worth of the play.

  • They seemed to have been derived rather from a gallimaufry of familiar models.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Another contemporary critic announces that “our English tongue was a gallimaufry or hodge-podge of all other speeches.”

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • To net a Millsborough gallimaufry of decadents, criminals, and potential rebels had become in a few hours his absorbing desire.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for gallimaufry


noun (pl) -fries
a jumble; hotchpotch
Word Origin
C16: from French galimafrée ragout, hash, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gallimaufry

"a medley," 1550s, from French galimafrée "hash, ragout," from Old French calimafree "sauce made of mustard, ginger, and vinegar; a stew of carp" (14c.), origin unknown, perhaps from Old French galer "to make merry, live well" (see gallant) + Old North French mafrer "to eat much," from Middle Dutch maffelen [Klein]. Weekley sees in the second element the proper name Maufré.

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