[ gal-uh-maw-free ]
See synonyms for gallimaufry on
noun,plural gal·li·mau·fries.Chiefly Literary.
  1. a hodgepodge; confused medley; jumble.

  2. a ragout or hash.

Origin of gallimaufry

First recorded in 1545–55; from Middle French galimafree “kind of sauce or stew,” probably a conflation of galer “to amuse oneself” and Picard dialect mafrer “to gorge oneself” (from Middle Dutch moffelen “to eat, nosh”); see also gallant

Other words for gallimaufry

Words Nearby gallimaufry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gallimaufry in a sentence

  • 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
  • We are not at home to such gallimaufry as that; it is as much as my place is worth to denounce that there bonnet to our ladies.

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

    Zuleika Dobson | Max Beerbohm
  • All this jumble, this gallimaufry, I say, does not impair the spiritual worth of the play.

British Dictionary definitions for gallimaufry


/ (ˌɡælɪˈmɔːfrɪ) /

nounplural -fries
  1. a jumble; hotchpotch

Origin of gallimaufry

C16: from French galimafrée ragout, hash, of unknown origin

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