• WordNet 3.6
    • n rigmarole a long and complicated and confusing procedure "all that academic rigmarole was a waste of time"
    • n rigmarole a set of confused and meaningless statements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rigmarole A succession of confused or nonsensical statements; foolish talk; nonsense. "Often one's dear friend talks something which one scruples to call rigmarole ."
    • a Rigmarole Consisting of rigmarole; frivolous; nonsensical; foolish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rigmarole A succession of confused or foolish statements; an incoherent, long-winded harangue; disjointed talk or writing; balderdash; nonsense.
    • n rigmarole Synonyms Chat, Jargon, etc. See prattle.
    • rigmarole Consisting of or characterized by rigmarole; long-winded and foolish; prolix; hence, formal; tedious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rigmarole rig′ma-rōl a repetition of foolish words: a long story: balderdash
    • adj Rigmarole prolix, tedious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For ragman roll,. See Ragman's roll


In literature:

And now I am coming to the end and aim of all this rigmarole.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
I had a letter from your Aunt Mary this morning, a long rigmarole.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Why a man should try to puzzle his brain, with such rigmarole things, is more than I can imagine.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
The old keeper of the place greeted Colin and proceeded to deliver himself of a humorous rigmarole, designed for the benefit of tourists.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The other paper was a rubbishing rigmarole about General Monk and the Parliament 1660.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The chief's brief note was a rigmarole of charm, to avert the evil eye.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
You will not consider it too much of a rigmarole.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
He went through the rigmarole wearily but without any sense of surprise.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Then he entered into a long and not very lucid rigmarole on souls which are destined to come together.
"The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893" by Various
Of course, that rigmarole about the cardinal is all nonsense.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones

In poetry:

tell if I'm talking English, German or
just typewriting: that what he utters
I may enjoy as an alien rigmarole.) I ought
to outlast the limber dragonflies
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden

In science:

The propagator is again easily determined from (3.1) without going through the rigmarole of solving the bulk Dirac equations.
A Holographic Flat Band