A nonsense verse a rigmarole with obvious definition which on further interest demonstrates is meaningless
- absurd writing (usually verse)
- A nonsense verse; a rigmarole, with evident definition, which on further attention proves is meaningless.
1809, "burlesque nonsense writing or verse," from French amphigouri, which is of unknown source, maybe from Greek amphi- (see amphi-) + gyros "circle," therefore "circle on both edges," or second element are from Greek -agoria "message" (compare allegory, category). Related: Amphigoric.
(n.) A nonsense verse; a rigmarole, with obvious definition, which on further attention shows to be meaningless.