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mishmash Line breaks: mish|mash
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪʃmaʃ/

Definition of mishmash in English:


[in singular]
A confused mixture: a mishmash of outmoded ideas
More example sentences
  • So at this point, it's really become a mixture, a mishmash of issues.
  • Underlying the idea of the multitude is a mishmash of confused claims.
  • Your typical bad comedy is a mess, a sloppy mishmash of junk with maybe a few funny bits here and there.
jumble, mess, confusion, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, patchwork, farrago, hash, assortment, medley, miscellany, mixture, melange, blend, variety, mixed bag, mix, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration
informal scissors-and-paste job, mash-up


Late 15th century: reduplication of mash.

  • pell-mell from Late Middle English:

    People like words that combine two almost identical forms, like helter-skelter (late 16th century), mishmash (Late Middle English), namby-pamby, and wishy-washy (late 17th century)—and pell-mell. Its second element represents a form of French mesler ‘to mix’ (related to medley). The first part might be from pelle ‘shovel’, giving the sense ‘mixed together with a shovel’, but the simple love of rhyme may be the only explanation needed.

Words that rhyme with mishmash

newsflash • thunderflash
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