Pronunciation: (pach'wûrk"),[key] —n. 1. something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms. 2. work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used esp. for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
—adj. resembling a patchwork, esp. in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
—v.t. 1. to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts. 2. to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.