An example of rigmarole is the paperwork many people often have to go through to get approval on a refinanced loan.
- foolish or incoherent rambling talk; nonsense
- a foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure
Origin of rigmarolealtered from ragman roll from Middle English rageman rolle, a long list or document
- Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
- A complicated, petty set of procedures.
Origin of rigmaroleAlteration of obsolete ragman roll catalog from Middle English ragmane rolle scroll used in Ragman, a game of chance perhaps from Anglo-Norman Ragemon le bon Ragemon the Good, title of a set of verses about a character of this name Middle English rolle list ( from Old French) ( from Latin rotula wheel ; see roll . )
(countable and uncountable, plural rigmaroles)
From ragman roll (“long list; catalogue").