Definition of gallimaufry in English:



  • [in singular] A confused jumble or medley of things.

    ‘a glorious gallimaufry of childhood perceptions’
    • ‘This is a production which would bear re-visiting several times as there are nuance under the gallimaufry which I think are missed on the first viewing, where one is dazzled by the production and the performances.’
    • ‘Instead, the magic amounts merely to the introduction of one more unassimilable element to this gallimaufry of a novel.’
    • ‘Helge Jacobsen's collection of French art is today housed in a new wing built by Henning Larsen in 1996, which completes the extraordinary architectural gallimaufry of the Ny Carlsberg.’
    • ‘A gallimaufry of critics, songwriters, poets and novelists (including Joyce Carol Oates) take up the invitation to ‘help create new works of art’ about an American ballad of their choice.’
    • ‘And he's at it again in this latest gallimaufry.’
    • ‘These books were a hectic ragbag; the second a hurdle race through western history, tragic hero after tragic hero, the last two a gallimaufry of intimate materials and early poems précised.’
    • ‘They called it an eruption of a police state, and envisioned a gallimaufry of bizarre hidden agendas - from a pretext for oppressing evangelical Christians and gun owners, to a blank check for discriminating against blacks.’
    • ‘City Vision, a gallimaufry of old communists, Greens, and Labour activists, now embraces him.’
    • ‘As such, it seems nice and honest of the photography to show the work in the context of the reviewing: that is to say a gallimaufry of unrelated work, whittled down to a small pile.’
    • ‘The new work was not to be, in his words, ‘merely a roll-call of the great and the good, but also a gallimaufry of the eccentric and the bad’.’
    • ‘Rather belatedly we've got round to The Collection (Chatto & Windus, 25) by Peter Ackroyd, which in Scots might be called a gallimaufry, comprising as it does journalism, book reviews, essays, short stories and lectures.’
    • ‘It's a strange gallimaufry of a book, the ‘144 poems’ all over the place formally, ranging from ordinary prose, through dialogues and found material to various kinds of free verse.’
    • ‘It is a gallimaufry of styles and models, maybe no more than an attempt to induce self-doubt in critics and readers who have admired the beautifully achieved adventurousness of his previous novels and stories.’
    • ‘But he often serves simply as a broker amid the gallimaufry of the 25 member states' legal codes.’
    • ‘Beneath the relative uniformity of its standard, edited variety, American English is a rich gallimaufry of exotic and native stuffs.’
    • ‘Followers of teams in the Scottish Premier League can look forward a gallimaufry of experiences, high and low.’
    • ‘Just put it on, the whole gallimaufry - the clowns and critters, the acrobats and aerialists - with as much pizazz as possible.’
    • ‘The third volume of John Julius Norwich's Christmas Crackers, Still More Christmas Crackers: 1990-1999 is as serendipitous a gallimaufry as its predecessors.’
    • ‘In the quarter century after the great fire, Deadwood experienced an extraordinary building boom, and the gold-rich town created a sparkling gallimaufry of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century styles.’


Mid 16th century: from archaic French galimafrée unappetizing dish, perhaps from Old French galer have fun + Picard mafrer eat copious quantities.