Rigmarole meaning

-ə-mə-rōl
Rigmarole is defined as a foolish procedure or confusing talk.

An example of rigmarole is the paperwork many people often have to go through to get approval on a refinanced loan.

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A complicated, petty set of procedures.
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A foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure.
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1895 "” In comes Mitaiele to Lloyd, and told some rigmarole about Paatalise (the steward's name) wanting to go and see his family in the bush. "” Robert Louis Stevenson, The Valima Letters, ch XIX.

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Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
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Foolish or incoherent rambling talk; nonsense.
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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