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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 ?
"Why, Ozma laid out this trip," replied Dorothy, "and she 'vised us to see the Rigmaroles next, and then visit the Tin Woodman."
"You are always preaching long rigmaroles about nothing at all.
"Then, according to you, we are to believe in all your rigmaroles," said Genestas, with the easy good-humor of a soldier who has never given a thought to these things.
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.