It seemed to the Andersons that there was a lot of rigmarole with signing all of the paperwork for their home mortgage.
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").