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patchwork

[ pach-wurk ]
/ ˈpætʃˌwɜrk /
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noun
something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms.
work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used especially for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
adjective
resembling a patchwork, especially in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
verb (used with object)
to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts.
to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.
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Origin of patchwork

First recorded in 1685–95; patch1 + work

OTHER WORDS FROM patchwork

patchworky, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for patchwork

patchwork
/ (ˈpætʃˌwɜːk) /

noun
needlework done by sewing pieces of different materials together
something, such as a theory, made up of various partsa patchwork of cribbed ideas
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