- a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
- a ragout or hash.
Origin of gallimaufry
Related Words for gallimaufryselection, garbage, salmagundi, jumble, array, group, variety, potpourri, sort, mixture, diversity, combination, hodgepodge, collection, choice, mishmash, kind, patchwork, medley, miscellany
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Historical Examples of gallimaufry
All this jumble, this gallimaufry, I say, does not impair the spiritual worth of the play.Introduction to Robert Browning
They seemed to have been derived rather from a gallimaufry of familiar models.Zuleika Dobson
Another contemporary critic announces that “our English tongue was a gallimaufry or hodge-podge of all other speeches.”Amenities of Literature
To net a Millsborough gallimaufry of decadents, criminals, and potential rebels had become in a few hours his absorbing desire.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
- a jumble; hotchpotch
Word Origin 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.