- a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley: a farrago of doubts, fears, hopes, and wishes.
Origin of farrago
1625–35; < Latin: literally, mixed crop of feed grains, equivalent to farr- (stem of far) emmer + -āgō suffix noting kind or nature
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Examples from the Web for farrago
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Is it all being filtered before we get to witness this farrago in action?Malaysia’s Sinister Timeline for Flight 370 Unravels
March 18, 2014
The Italian election was a farrago of farce and consequence that reaches far beyond the Alps and the Apennines.The United States Can’t Insulate Itself From Euro Politics
February 28, 2013
"A farrago of superstitious nonsense," thought Alan to himself when he had gone.The Yellow God
H. Rider Haggard
I never heard a fellow go on with such a farrago of rubbish.Mirk Abbey, Volume 3(of 3)
Nothing can persuade us that the universe is a farrago of nonsense.
Away with it all, for a farrago of nonsense, lies, and nuisances!
Surely no mortal can decipher such a farrago of alphabetical obscurity.An Ocean Tramp
- a hotchpotch
C17: from Latin: mash for cattle (hence, a mixture), from fār spelt
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Word Origin and History for farrago
1630s, from Latin farrago "medley, mix of grains for animal feed," from far "grain" (see barley).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper