What does rigmarole mean?

Definitions for rigmaroleˈrɪg məˌroʊl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rigmarole.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigmarole, rigamarole(noun)

    a set of confused and meaningless statements

  2. rigmarole, rigamarole(noun)

    a long and complicated and confusing procedure

    "all that academic rigmarole was a waste of time"


  1. rigmarole(Noun)

    Complex, obsolete procedures; excess steps or activity; needless motion.

    Have you seen all the rigmarole you have to go through at airport security these days?

  2. rigmarole(Noun)

    Nonsense; confused and incoherent talk.

    1895 u2014 In comes Mitaiele to Lloyd, and told some rigmarole about Paatalise (the steward's name) wanting to go and see his family in the bush. u2014 Robert Louis Stevenson, The Valima Letters, ch XIX

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rigmarole(noun)

    a succession of confused or nonsensical statements; foolish talk; nonsense

  2. Rigmarole(adj)

    consisting of rigmarole; frovolous; nonsensical; foolish

  3. Origin: [For ragman roll. See Ragman's roll.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rigmarole

    rig′ma-rōl, n. a repetition of foolish words: a long story: balderdash.—adj. prolix, tedious. [A corr. of ragman-roll, a document with a long list of names, or with numerous seals pendent.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigmarole in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigmarole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Isadora Duncan:

    I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me.

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