n., pl. -fries.
1. a hodgepodge;
jumble; confused medley. 2. a ragout or hash.
[1545–55; < MF
galimafree kind of sauce or stew, prob. a conflation of galer
to amuse oneself (see GALLANT)
and Picard dial. mafrer to gorge oneself (< MD moffelen
to eat, nosh)]
House Webster's Unabridged).
Angela's garden is a
tangled gallimaufry of flowers, herbs, vegetables, and more
than a few weeds—a jumble of horticultural variety that defies every
dictum of gardening columnists. ——
Herb-crusted rack of lamb was tender and cooked medium-rare to our guest's taste. The lamb was accompanied by a beet and spinach salad, which had a light chili dressing that bled into the meat, adding a delightful piquancy.--While we would have preferred a deep-down spicier seafood jambalaya, Momo's dish evoked New Orleans reasonably well, with a generous
gallimaufry of rice, andouille slices, mussels, shrimp, bay scallops and chicken. It was not dry or soupy.--Lunch, as delightful as dinner, began with a sweet potato soup subtly blended with chorizo into a smooth purée and an avocado and spinach salad with wisps of flavorful crisp Serrano ham in a piquant olive oil infused with lime. ——
Asian-Caribbean Dishes Mingle and Mesh;
The New York Times; May 6, 2001
Since drummers are, if anything, even noisier than pipers, it is just
as well the drummers were only there for one day.--And yet, were they?
What happened to this gallimaufry of people and birds once the
12 days of Christmas were over is something of which Dame Joan neither
sang nor spoke. Were they all paid off and sent home on January 7? Or
do they continue to cluster around her home? And if so, are they now
being joined by a further Christmas collection marshalled at the
behest of Dame Joan's loving spouse?
What Christmas Presents;
Guardian; Dec 30, 2000
Few enough writers have been brilliantly successful at both modes, and
though Welty's novels have much to recommend them, the truth is that she never quite divested herself of the ways of seeing and saying most appropriate to the writing of short fiction. The novel can be and has been many things, but one doubts it has ever been quite what we get in ''The Robber Bridegroom'' (1942): a
gallimaufry thrown together out of frontier brags, Yeatsian
folk fantasy and shape-changers, fairy-tale love and adventure, the
mock heroic and heroic mockery and high spirits, blended with comic
undercutting at every turn. There are a thousand events in the book,
but of plot hardly a hint. ——
Where the Voice Came From;
The New York Times;
Nov 22, 1998
Did you know? (Merriam-Webster)
If the word "gallimaufry" doesn't make your mouth water, it may be
because you don't know its history. In the 16th century, Middle-French
speaking cooks made a meat stew called "galimafree." It must have been
a varied dish, because English speakers chose its name for any mix or
jumble of things. If "gallimaufry" isn't to your taste, season your
speech with one of its synonyms: "hash" (which can be a muddle
or chopped meat and potatoes), "hotchpotch," (a stew or a hodgepodge)
or "potpourri" (another stew turned medley).
n., pl. -goes.
a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley: a
farrago of doubts, fears, hopes, and wishes.
[1625–35; < L: lit., mixed crop of feed
grains, equiv. to farr- (s. of far) emmer + -āgō
suffix noting kind or nature]
As in: 'The book masquerades as a biography," stated the book
review, "but it is actually an irresponsible farrago of fact,
fiction, and even fantasy.'
n. a mixture; medley..
n. a mixed dish consisting
usually of cubed poultry or fish, chopped meat, anchovies, eggs,
onions, oil, etc., often served as a salad; any mixture or
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