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gallimaufry

Line breaks: gal¦li|maufry
Pronunciation: /ˌɡalɪˈmɔːfri
 
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Definition of gallimaufry in English:

noun

[in singular]
A confused jumble or medley of things: a glorious gallimaufry of childhood perceptions
More 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.

Origin

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

orphrey

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