Definition of gallimaufry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡaləˈmôfrē/

noun (plural gallimaufries)

1A confused jumble or medley of things.
Example sentences
  • Beneath the relative uniformity of its standard, edited variety, American English is a rich gallimaufry of exotic and native stuffs.
  • Rather belatedly we've got round to The Collection (Chatto & Windus, 25) by Peter Ackroyd, which in Scots might be called a gallimaufry, comprising as it does journalism, book reviews, essays, short stories and lectures.
  • They called it an eruption of a police state, and envisioned a gallimaufry of bizarre hidden agendas - from a pretext for oppressing evangelical Christians and gun owners, to a blank check for discriminating against blacks.
1.1US A dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.
Example sentences
  • Black bean, biltong, bouillabaisse… gallimaufry, gazpacho, gefilte fish… pavlova, pemmican, pizza - each has a long, intricate trace of travel behind it.
  • An olla podrida is a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, a potpourri, a hotchpotch, a miscellany of ingredients cooked together in the one pot.


Mid 16th century: from archaic French galimafrée 'unappetizing dish', perhaps from Old French galer 'have fun' + Picard mafrer 'eat copious quantities'.

Words that rhyme with gallimaufry


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Syllabification: gal·li·mau·fry

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