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patchwork

[pach-wurk]
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noun
  1. something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms.
  2. work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used especially for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
adjective
  1. resembling a patchwork, especially in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts.
  2. to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.

Origin of patchwork

First recorded in 1685–95; patch1 + work
Related formspatch·work·y, adjective

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1. medley, jumble, mélange.
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patchwork

noun
  1. needlework done by sewing pieces of different materials together
  2. something, such as a theory, made up of various partsa patchwork of cribbed ideas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for patchwork

n.

"work composed of patches," 1690s, from patch (n.1) + work (n.). As an adjective from 1713.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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