Definition of rigmarole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡmərəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡməroʊl//
    [uncountable, singular]
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  1. 1a long and complicated process that is annoying and seems unnecessary I couldn't face the whole rigmarole of getting a work permit again.
  2. 2a long and complicated story She turned up an hour late with some rigmarole about catching the wrong train.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offences.
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