Definition of gallimaufry in English:


nounplural noun gallimaufries

  • 1A confused jumble or medley of things.

    ‘a glorious gallimaufry of childhood perceptions’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The third volume of John Julius Norwich's Christmas Crackers, Still More Christmas Crackers: 1990-1999 is as serendipitous a gallimaufry as its predecessors.’
    • ‘A gallimaufry of critics, songwriters, poets and novelists (including Joyce Carol Oates) take up the invitation to ‘help create new works of art’ about an American ballad of their choice.’
    • ‘These books were a hectic ragbag; the second a hurdle race through western history, tragic hero after tragic hero, the last two a gallimaufry of intimate materials and early poems précised.’
    • ‘The new work was not to be, in his words, ‘merely a roll-call of the great and the good, but also a gallimaufry of the eccentric and the bad’.’
    • ‘City Vision, a gallimaufry of old communists, Greens, and Labour activists, now embraces him.’
    • ‘Followers of teams in the Scottish Premier League can look forward a gallimaufry of experiences, high and low.’
    • ‘This is a production which would bear re-visiting several times as there are nuance under the gallimaufry which I think are missed on the first viewing, where one is dazzled by the production and the performances.’
    • ‘As such, it seems nice and honest of the photography to show the work in the context of the reviewing: that is to say a gallimaufry of unrelated work, whittled down to a small pile.’
    • ‘Just put it on, the whole gallimaufry - the clowns and critters, the acrobats and aerialists - with as much pizazz as possible.’
    • ‘In the quarter century after the great fire, Deadwood experienced an extraordinary building boom, and the gold-rich town created a sparkling gallimaufry of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century styles.’
    • ‘It's a strange gallimaufry of a book, the ‘144 poems’ all over the place formally, ranging from ordinary prose, through dialogues and found material to various kinds of free verse.’
    • ‘It is a gallimaufry of styles and models, maybe no more than an attempt to induce self-doubt in critics and readers who have admired the beautifully achieved adventurousness of his previous novels and stories.’
    • ‘But he often serves simply as a broker amid the gallimaufry of the 25 member states' legal codes.’
    • ‘Instead, the magic amounts merely to the introduction of one more unassimilable element to this gallimaufry of a novel.’
    • ‘And he's at it again in this latest gallimaufry.’
    • ‘Helge Jacobsen's collection of French art is today housed in a new wing built by Henning Larsen in 1996, which completes the extraordinary architectural gallimaufry of the Ny Carlsberg.’
    mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybrid
    1. 1.1US A dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.
      ‘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.’



/ˌɡaləˈmôfrē/ /ˌɡæləˈmɔfri/


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