noun Etymology: Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix Date: 15th century hodgepodge, jumble

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  • Mishmash — Mish mash , n. [Cf. G. mish mash, fr. mischen to mix.] A hodgepodge or hotchpotch; a confused jumble. [Also spelled {mishmosh}.] Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mishmash — (n.) also mish mash, mid 15c., mysse masche, probably an imitative reduplication of MASH (Cf. mash) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mishmash — [n] hodgepodge collection, combination, goulash*, hash, jumble, medley, mélange, mess, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, olio, patchwork, potpourri, salmagundi*; concepts 260,432 …   New thesaurus

  • mishmash — ► NOUN ▪ a confused mixture. ORIGIN reduplication of MASH(Cf. ↑mash) …   English terms dictionary

  • mishmash — [mish′mash΄] n. [redupl. of MASH (parallel with Ger mischmasch, LowG miskmask)] a hodgepodge; jumble: also mishmosh …   English World dictionary

  • mishmash — mish|mash [ˈmıʃmæʃ] n [singular] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: mash] informal a mixture of a lot of very different things that are put together in a way that is not organized = ↑hodge podge mishmash of ▪ The magazine is a jumbled mishmash of jokes,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mishmash — mish|mash [ mıʃ,mæʃ ] noun singular INFORMAL a messy or confused mixture of different things: mishmash of: There was a mishmash of different patterns and fabrics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mishmash — [[t]mɪ̱ʃmæʃ[/t]] also mish mash N SING: usu a N of n (disapproval) If you say that something is a mishmash, you are criticizing it because it is a confused mixture of different types of things. The letter was a mish mash of ill fitting proposals… …   English dictionary

  • mishmash — UK [ˈmɪʃˌmæʃ] / US noun [singular] informal an untidy or confused mixture of different things mishmash of: There was a mishmash of different patterns and fabrics …   English dictionary

  • mishmash — noun (singular) informal a mixture with no particular order in its design or in the choice of what is included; hotchpotch BrE: The magazine is a jumbled mishmash of jokes, stories, and serious news …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mishmash — noun a mishmash of colors and patterns Syn: jumble, confusion, ragbag, patchwork, farrago, assortment, medley, miscellany, mixture, mélange, blend, mix, potpourri, conglomeration, bricolage, gallimaufry, salmagundi, hodgepodge …   Thesaurus of popular words

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