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 (rĭg′mə-rōl′) also rig·a·ma·role (-ə-mə-rōl′)
1. Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
2. A complicated, petty set of procedures.

[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; see roll).]


(ˈrɪɡməˌrəʊl) or


1. any long complicated procedure
2. a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense
[C18: from earlier ragman roll a list, probably a roll used in a medieval game, wherein various characters were described in verse, beginning with Ragemon le bon Ragman the good]


(ˈrɪg məˌroʊl)

also rigamarole

1. an elaborate or complicated procedure.
2. confused or meaningless talk.
[1730–40; alter. of ragman roll list, catalogue, Middle English rageman rolle]


 a succession of incoherent statements.
Examples: rigmarole of grannies; of nonsense.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
2.rigmarole - a long and complicated and confusing procedure; "all that academic rigmarole was a waste of time"
procedure, process - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"


1. procedure, to-do, performance (informal), bother, carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), nonsense, fuss, hassle (informal), red tape, pantomime (informal), palaver Then the whole rigmarole starts over again!
2. twaddle, story, saga, trash, jargon, yarn, gibberish, spiel (informal), balderdash He gave me some rigmarole about the train being late.


also rigamarole


[ˈrɪgmərəʊl] N (= process) → galimatías m inv, lío m; (= paperwork etc) → trámites mpl, papeleo m


[ˈrɪgmərəʊl] n
[process] → comédie f
(verbal)charabia m


nGelaber nt; (= process)Gedöns nt (inf); to go through the whole or same rigmarole againnochmal mit demselben Gelaber/Gedöns anfangen


[ˈrɪgmˌrəʊl] n (pej) (speech) → storia, tiritera; (complicated procedure) → trafila
References in classic literature ?
At some of the houses--where they can't possibly know me--I shan't be frightened, and I shall reel off the whole rigmarole, invalid, babe, and all.
This is the rigmarole he got off to me the other day.
"I think, Miss Monson," he continued, after a very beautiful specimen of rigmarole in the way of love-making, a rigmarole that might have very fairly figured in an editor's law and logic, after he had been beaten in a libel suit, ''I think, Miss Monson, you cannot have overlooked the VERY particular attentions I have endeavored to pay you, ever since I have been so fortunate as to have made your acquaintance?"
"To sum up this long rigmarole, I have, dear B-, what you, no doubt, perceive, for the metaphysical poets as poets, the most sovereign contempt.
"I believe," replied Sancho, "that this Merlin, or those enchanters who enchanted the whole crew your worship says you saw and discoursed with down there, stuffed your imagination or your mind with all this rigmarole you have been treating us to, and all that is still to come."
Now I want to know what that rigmarole you told me this morning meant."
You may wonder what his rigmarole, his amateur Paganini performances on one string or on twenty, have to do with your planting, and yet prefer it to leached ashes or plaster.
The police ought to know, you see, and they ought to know through John; and I can tell them some rigmarole about my brother being a man of highly nervous organisation, and the rest of it.
Nastasia Philipovna's reply to this long rigmarole astonished both the friends considerably.
Your Latin and rigmarole may soon dry off you, but you'll be but a bare stick after that.
What shall I say?" cried Sallie, as Fred ended his rigmarole, in which he had jumbled together pell-mell nautical phrases and facts out of one of his favorite books.
But what could he have to do with this old family custom of ours, and what does this rigmarole mean?'