Rummage Definition

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To search through (a place, receptacle, etc.) thoroughly, esp. by moving the contents about, turning them over, etc.; ransack.
Webster's New World
To get, find, or turn up by or as by searching thoroughly.
Webster's New World
To search diligently, now sometimes haphazardly, as through the contents of a receptacle.
Webster's New World
(nautical) To arrange (cargo, goods, etc.) in the hold of a ship; to move or rearrange such goods.
(nautical) To search a vessel for smuggled goods.
After the long voyage, the customs officers rummaged the ship.
Miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
Webster's New World
A rummaging, or thorough search.
Webster's New World

An unorganized collection of miscellaneous objects; a jumble.


(nautical) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of packages incident to close stowage; formerly written romage.


Origin of Rummage

  • From earlier romage act of packing cargo from French arrumage from Old French from arumer to stow from Old Provençal arumar a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) perhaps run ship's hold (of Germanic origin reuə- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • Old French arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumer (“to arrange the cargo in the hold") (confer French arrimer and Spanish arrumar).

    From Wiktionary

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