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rigmarole

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

Simple Definition of rigmarole

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

Full Definition of rigmarole

  1. 1 :  confused or meaningless talk

  2. 2 :  a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure

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.



Variants of rigmarole

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

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

  1. 1 :  a long and usually meaningless or uninteresting story

  2. 2 :  a complicated and often unnecessary procedure





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