Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rigmarole”

See all translations

rigmarole

noun [U] uk disapproving ( US also rigamarole)   /ˈrɪɡ.mə.rəʊl/ us    /-roʊl/
a long set of actions or words without any real purpose: The customs officials made us go through the (whole) rigmarole of opening up our bags for inspection.
Translations of “rigmarole”
in Chinese (Traditional) (毫無意義的)繁瑣費時的手續, 冗長的廢話…
in Chinese (Simplified) (毫无意义的)繁琐费时的手续, 冗长的废话…
(Definition of rigmarole from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rigmarole?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rigmarole” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

advent calendar

a decorative piece of card, often hung on the wall, that has a small opening with a door for each of the days of the month before Christmas. Children open one of these doors each day, finding a picture under it.

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More