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[mish-mahsh, -mash]
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  1. a confused mess; hodgepodge; jumble.
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Also mish·mosh [mish-mosh] /ˈmɪʃˌmɒʃ/.

Origin of mishmash

1425–75; late Middle English; gradational formation based on mash1
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Related Words

patchwork, jumble, salmagundi, hash, combination, mess, collection, mixture, medley, miscellany, goulash, potpourri, olio

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British Dictionary definitions for mishmash


  1. a confused collection or mixture; hotchpotch
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Word Origin

C15: reduplication of mash
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Word Origin and History for mishmash


also mish-mash, mid-15c., mysse-masche, probably an imitative reduplication of mash (n.).

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