Ransack Definition

ransacked, ransacking, ransacks
ransacked, ransacking, ransacks
To search thoroughly; examine every part of in searching.
Webster's New World
To go through (a place) stealing valuables and causing disarray; pillage.
Ransacked the village.
American Heritage
To search through for plunder; pillage; rob.
Webster's New World

To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.

To ransack a house for valuables.

(archaic) To examine carefully; to investigate.


Origin of Ransack

  • Middle English ransaken from Old Norse rannsaka rann house saka to search, seek sāg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsakka, from rann (“house") + saka (“search"); probably influenced by sack

    From Wiktionary

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