Definition of hotchpotch in English:



  • 1A confused mixture.

    ‘a hotchpotch of uncoordinated services’
    • ‘Besides, what person - religious or not - would accept that her belief system is a hodgepodge of ‘truths and fallacies?’’
    • ‘The villa itself is a hotchpotch of classical bits and bobs (‘fragments of ancient marble… stuck into the walls like nuts in nougat ’, as Chatwin puts it).’
    • ‘The locally based Cancer Research Society, one of a hodgepodge of Canadian anti-cancer groups, receives no government cash and raises $11-million a year to figure out how to beat the disease.’
    • ‘He oversees a hodgepodge of intelligence agencies, but he doesn't have the authority to hire or fire agency heads.’
    • ‘So the cabinet has wound up consisting of a hodgepodge of people of different ideologies who find it virtually impossible to build team spirit.’
    • ‘After three years of political stalemate, the governing party and the opposition - a hodgepodge of small political parties, business leaders and student groups - are finally sitting down at the negotiating table.’
    • ‘The result is a system that is a hodgepodge of mostly public ownership and some private, without any clear direction from government.’
    • ‘This is a truly dreadful movie, a hotchpotch of historical inaccuracies and romantic fiction.’
    • ‘The eclectic set dressings and costumes call to mind a hodgepodge of charmingly cheesy pop moments.’
    • ‘This corporate milieu suits the man who convinced a hodgepodge of individuals, corporations and governments to join him in raising the cash to construct a new space to accommodate Calgary's burgeoning theatre scene.’
    • ‘We're like a hodgepodge of colored jellybeans all in one big jar!’
    • ‘By combining a hodgepodge of miscellaneous claims with no apparent context, the author has created a scary image of impending doom.’
    • ‘The main shopping thoroughfares of Lord, Church, and Bold Streets, achieve, in spite of a dearth of any really good buildings, and a hotchpotch of eccentric styles, quite a pleasing effect.’
    • ‘Overshadowed by the Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, York is a hotchpotch of narrow, cobbled lanes and medieval alleyways.’
    • ‘A nationalised corporation, Amtrak, runs all the trains on tracks owned by a hotchpotch of companies (again the effective reverse of the British situation).’
    • ‘Now, for the simplest act of finding a phone number from a finite list, we are faced with a hotchpotch of different companies, all charging different amounts, all applying different conditions.’
    • ‘The content is currently a hotchpotch of what is available (for free), and what a variety of educational institutions around the country can rustle up.’
    • ‘Opting for the latest trend every year can result in a hotchpotch of investments too heavily exposed to a particular risk in the economy.’
    • ‘The group creates a sort of subversive performance art, with a hodgepodge of unorthodox and sometimes silly scientific projects commissioned to expose the inadequacies and evils of modern biotech research.’
    • ‘The decor is a hodgepodge of retro furniture and bistro posters, and it hasn't really settled on what vibe it wants to send to customers.’
    mixture, mix, mixed bag, assortment, assemblage, collection, selection, jumble, ragbag, miscellany, medley, patchwork, pot-pourri
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  • 2A mutton stew with mixed vegetables.

    • ‘Lunenburg puddin’ and hodgepodge, the way we do it, you really can't find it anywhere else.’
    • ‘To call the Scottish legislative programme a hotchpotch is an insult to stews.’


Late Middle English: variant of hotchpot.