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rigmarole

noun rig·ma·role \ˈri-gə-mə-ˌrōl, ˈrig-mə-\

: a long, complicated, and annoying process, description, etc.

Full Definition of RIGMAROLE

1
:  confused or meaningless talk
2
:  a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure

Variants of RIGMAROLE

rig·ma·role also rig·a·ma·role \ˈri-gə-mə-ˌrōl, ˈrig-mə-\
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Examples of RIGMAROLE

  1. We had to go through the rigmarole of installing, registering, and activating the software before we found out it wouldn't work.
  2. He just told us what to do without all the usual rigamarole.

Origin of RIGMAROLE

alteration of obsolete ragman roll long list, catalog
First Known Use: circa 1736
RIGMAROLE Defined for Kids

rigmarole

noun rig·ma·role \ˈrig-mə-ˌrōl\

Definition of RIGMAROLE for Kids

1
:  a long and usually meaningless or uninteresting story
2
:  a complicated and often unnecessary procedure

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