Complete Definition of "rigmarole"

was wotd|2007|January|6
English
Alternative spellings
rigamarole

Pronunciation
italbrac|RP IPA|/ËrɪgmÉrÉÊl/
italbrac|US IPA|/ËrɪgmÉroÊl/
audio|en-us-rigmarole.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. 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?

  1. nonsense; confused and incoherent talk.

#: 1895 â 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. â w:Robert Luis Stevenson|Robert Luois Stevenson, s:The Valima Letters|The Valima Letters, ch XIX

Quotations
;confused and incoherent talk
1854 â w:Henry David Thoreau|Henry David Thoreau, s:Walden|Walden, ch VII
1880 â w:Rosina Bulwer Lytton|Rosina Bulwer Lytton, s:A Blighted Life|A Blighted Life, sxn 4
1910 â w:A. E. W. Mason|A. E. W. Mason, s:At the Villa Rose|At the Villa Rose, ch XVII
:"I am only the living gate by which the spirit forms pass from the realm of mind into the world of matter," Celia replied.<br/>"Quite so," said Adele comfortably. "Now let us be sensible and dine. We can amuse ourselves with mademoiselle's rigmaroles afterwards."
1915 â w:John Buchan|John Buchan, s:The Thirty-Nine Steps|The Thirty-Nine Steps, ch 1

Translations
trans-top|complex obsolete procedure
German: Theater n, Zirkus m
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trans-top|nonsense talk
German: Geschwätz n
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