American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
- n. A complicated, petty set of procedures.
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.
- n. Complex, obsolete procedures; excess steps or activity; needless motion.
- n. Nonsense; confused and incoherent talk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A succession of confused or nonsensical statements; foolish talk; nonsense.
- adj. Consisting of rigmarole; frivolous; nonsensical; foolish.
- n. a set of confused and meaningless statements
- n. a long and complicated and confusing procedure
- From ragman roll ("long list; catalogue"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Especially where his own family was concerned, Mr. Wylder was not the most delicate of men! he opened the letter, and in it found what he called a rigmarole of poetry and theology!”
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“And here what is chiefly interesting in the rigmarole is the evidence that Milton had been recently attending to the news from Scotland.”
The Life of John Milton
“The rigmarole is a lot, which is why I'm only going to Rebecca's show," said actress”
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“Understandably the legal "rigmarole" would be outstanding.”
“There is no need to have to do this ridiculous rigmarole which is neither use nor ornament to us in our daily role.”
“Two survivors of this great race, Leigh Hunt and De Quincey, were indeed critics, and no inconsiderable ones; but the natural force of both had long been much abated, and both had been not so much critics as essayists; the tendency of Hunt to flowery sentimentality or familiar chat, and that of De Quincey to incessant divergences of "rigmarole," being formidable enemies to real critical competence.”
“For it actually came to pass that a very well - known man of letters, while he, with the refined politeness characteristic of his style, spoke of mine as "rigmarole," still praised my pictures.”
“But listen: I won't demand of you an answer to my letters; I don't even want to know whether you read my 'rigmarole'; but, in the name of all that's holy, don't send my letters back to me!”
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