- an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner.
- confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.
Origin of rigmarole
Examples from the Web for rigmarole
After all the rigmarole, they found what any pediatrician already knew: the MMR causes fever.Another Blow to Anti-Vaxxers’ Fortress of Pseudoscience
July 2, 2014
I was sitting with my finger in the hot water listening to this rigmarole.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
What made that other child tell all that rigmarole about fairies?A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia
Alice Turner Curtis
Daddy Tantaine began to grow impatient with all this rigmarole.Caught In The Net
But I've got to tell you all this rigmarole first, so you'll understand what's comin'.Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Eliza Calvert Hall
"All this rigmarole comes of the theatre," said Sister Agatha grimly.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
- any long complicated procedure
- a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense
Word Origin and History for rigmarole
1736, "a long, rambling discourse," apparently from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll "long list or catalogue" (1520s), in Middle English a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-French Ragemon le bon "Ragemon the good," which was the heading on one set of the verses, referring to a character by that name. Sense transferred to "foolish activity or commotion" by 1939.