from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
- n. A complicated, petty set of procedures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Complex, obsolete procedures; excess steps or activity; needless motion.
- n. Nonsense; confused and incoherent talk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A succession of confused or nonsensical statements; foolish talk; nonsense.
- adj. Consisting of rigmarole; frivolous; nonsensical; foolish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A succession of confused or foolish statements; an incoherent, long-winded harangue; disjointed talk or writing; balderdash; nonsense.
- n. Synonyms Chat, Jargon, etc. See prattle.
- Consisting of or characterized by rigmarole; long-winded and foolish; prolix; hence, formal; tedious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a set of confused and meaningless statements
- n. a long and complicated and confusing procedure
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ragman roll ("long list; catalogue"). (Wiktionary)