Rigmarole Definition

-ə-mə-rōl
noun
Foolish or incoherent rambling talk; nonsense.
Webster's New World
A foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Rigmarole

Noun

Singular:
rigmarole
Plural:
rigmaroles

Origin of Rigmarole

  • Alteration 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 roll)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From ragman roll (“long list; catalogue").

    From Wiktionary

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