a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.

Origin of hodgepodge

First recorded in 1615–25; variant of hotchpotch

Synonyms for hodgepodge

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  • And the valley hosts a hodgepodge of homegrown Syrian-American groups—some with close ties to the government in Damascus.

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    Welcome to Assadville, USA

    Christopher Moraff

    November 11, 2014

  • There has been radicalization on the left, as well: Pasok has jettisoned voters to a hodgepodge of communist parties.

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    Greece’s Election Supernova

    John Psaropoulos

    April 26, 2012

  • He picked up the story from the “dayslot,” a hodgepodge of random topics disseminated by an editor.

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    The Truth Behind 'The Social Network'

    Rebecca Davis O'Brien

    September 8, 2010

  • The New Deal, of course, was a hodgepodge of programs and as such, some of them failed and were damaging to the economy.

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    Was the New Deal a Bust?

    Jeff Madrick

    March 30, 2009

Historical Examples of hodgepodge

British Dictionary definitions for hodgepodge


noun US and Canadian

a jumbled mixture
a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): hotchpotch

Word Origin for hodgepodge

C15: variant of hotchpot
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Word Origin and History for hodgepodge

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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