Definition of rigmarole in English:

rigmarole

Syllabification: rig·ma·role
Pronunciation: /ˈrig(ə)məˌrōl
 
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noun

[usually in singular]
1A lengthy and complicated procedure: he went through the rigmarole of securing the front door
More example sentences
  • We ought to learn business like everybody else, go through the same rigmarole.
  • But then came the page banners and pop-up ads and the whole rigmarole started all over again.
  • They are for people who know what they want and who don't want to go through the rigmarole of talking to a sales assistant.
Synonyms
fuss, bother, trouble, palaver, ado, pother, song and dance, performance, to-do, pantomime, hassle, folderol
1.1A long, rambling story or statement.
More example sentences
  • So aleatoric poetry could be described with historical exactitude as a rigmarole.
  • The book is packed with stimulating philosophical (and depressingly prophetic) allusion within the author's own field, but ends up as a bit of a rigmarole.
  • The others were standing around, drinks in hand, congratulating my cousin on his initiation, and asking us amused tones what we thought of the crazy rigmarole.
Synonyms
tale, saga, yarn, shaggy-dog story
informal spiel

Origin

mid 18th century: apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offenses.

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