rigmarole
[ rig-muh-rohl ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 18th century; English apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offenses
Synonyms
    1.
  • saga
  • burble
  • maundering
  • spiel
    2.
  • fuss
  • bother
  • trouble
  • to-do
  • hassle
  • hoopla
Antonyms
    1.
  • sense
  • truth
    2.
  • easy
  • calm
Definition
1. confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk
2. an elaborate or complicated procedure
Examples
1. A) Jason's friends became annoyed when he spouted off into a rigmarole of all his previous relationships. B) The intoxicated woman started on a rigmarole of her life story.
2. A) I hate to go through the rigmarole of hosting a formal dinner, but we have special guests coming into town. B) Closing on a house requires the rigmarole of signing many documents.
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