Definition of mishmash in English:



  • [in singular] A confused mixture.

    ‘a mishmash of outmoded ideas’
    • ‘The scene was a mishmash of beautiful country and old rusted buildings, stretches of lush green grass and strips of dried out riverbeds.’
    • ‘Your typical bad comedy is a mess, a sloppy mishmash of junk with maybe a few funny bits here and there.’
    • ‘Disjointed at best, it's often a mishmash of ideas and stories that don't always come together in a very meaningful way.’
    • ‘Frankly it's difficult to know where to start, given the mishmash of misunderstanding, gross exaggeration and things that are just plain wrong.’
    • ‘But it is not clear how people are to find the political identity on which states depend in the mishmash of rules and regulations by which they live.’
    • ‘Underlying the idea of the multitude is a mishmash of confused claims.’
    • ‘She is not surprised by the extent of this week's coverage, which she defines as ‘a whole mishmash of nonsense peppered with elements of truth’.’
    • ‘Revitalised and re-energised, the contest is now a mishmash of arresting questions, hot competitions, and more.’
    • ‘The bridge was a line of old barges that had been crudely tied together, the deck a mishmash of welded patches of dented rusting metal.’
    • ‘The Republican party, like any party, is a mishmash of different groups with different objectives.’
    • ‘Neither, however, can it afford to just broadcast a mishmash of different types of music: a Beethoven piano sonata followed by a Sex Pistols track, say.’
    • ‘My personal favourite sight, however, is the cathedral of St Sauveur, a bit of an architectural mishmash but with a wonderfully lived-in feel.’
    • ‘The story of the dream itself was a mishmash of recent events.’
    • ‘So at this point, it's really become a mixture, a mishmash of issues.’
    • ‘Parents, music lovers and the curious wander in and find a seat amongst a mishmash of antique chairs, an old couch and anything else that remotely resembles a place to rest.’
    • ‘Even counting votes by a mishmash of different standards would produce a fairer and more accurate result than not counting them at all.’
    • ‘When our stuff all came together (a lot of mine was taken out of storage) it became a mishmash, even more so than it was before.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, I often lay in bed at night hearing a jumbled mixture of different voices from a mishmash of past unpublished interviews.’
    • ‘A swarm of brightly coloured flags, shirts, banners and placards competed for the eye's attention while a mishmash of languages filled the air.’
    • ‘The House on the Rock is an architectural mishmash, patched together, built into the rock in places and teetering way out over it in another.’
    jumble, mess, confusion, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, patchwork, farrago, hash, assortment, medley, miscellany, mixture, melange, blend, variety, mixed bag, mix, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration
    scissors-and-paste job, mash-up
    gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, salmagundi, macédoine
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Late 15th century: reduplication of mash.