A hodgepodge is a random assortment of things. A dorm room might be furnished with a hodgepodge of milk crates, antique mirrors, and a poster of a kitten hanging on a branch with one paw.

Hodgepodge is a funny-sounding word for a somewhat funny occurrence — a grouping of things or people that don't fit together. If you made a stew with bacon, oatmeal, and chocolate cake, you’ve made a hodgepodge (and a bellyache waiting to happen). The piles of stuff stacked in attics tend to be a hodgepodge. British people call it a hotchpotch. A hodgepodge can also be called a mishmash.

Definitions of hodgepodge
  1. noun
    a motley assortment of things
  2. noun
    a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
    synonyms: jumble, patchwork
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    type of:
    a belief that can guide behavior
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