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hodgepodge

[hoj-poj]
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noun
  1. a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.

Origin of hodgepodge

First recorded in 1615–25; variant of hotchpotch

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conglomeration, miscellany, muddle, mess.
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hodgepodge

noun US and Canadian
  1. a jumbled mixture
  2. a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): hotchpotch

Word Origin

C15: variant of hotchpot
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Word Origin and History for hodgepodge

n.

also hodge podge, hodge-podge, early 15c., hogpoch, alteration of hotchpotch (late 14c.) "a kind of stew," especially "one made with goose, herbs, spices, wine, and other ingredients," earlier an Anglo-French legal term (late 13c.) meaning "collection of property in a common 'pot' before dividing it equally," from Old French hochepot "stew, soup," first element from hocher "to shake," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German hotzen "shake").

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