gallimaufry

Use the noun gallimaufry when you're talking about a jumbled mix of things. You might describe your family's traditional Thanksgiving meal as a gallimaufry of Italian, American, and Indian dishes.

Any mishmash of stuff can be called a gallimaufry. You might have a gallimaufry of socks in your drawer, all different colors and sizes and patterns, or a gallimaufry of guests at your birthday party. You could criticize a writer's short story collection as a gallimaufry of pieces, all with different, mismatched moods and styles. Gallimaufry comes from the French galimafrée, "hash or ragout," from the Old French calimafree, "unappetizing stew or sauce."

DEFINITIONS OF: gallimaufry

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n a motley assortment of things

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