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").