- something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms.
- work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used especially for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
- resembling a patchwork, especially in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
verb (used with object)
- to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts.
- to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.
- needlework done by sewing pieces of different materials together
- something, such as a theory, made up of various partsa patchwork of cribbed ideas
n.“work composed of patches,” 1690s, from patch (n.1) + work (n.). As an adjective from 1713.