Rummage Definition

rŭmĭj
rummaged, rummages, rummaging
verb
rummaged, rummages, rummaging
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
To rummage is to look through something, especially an untidy pile of something.
When you look through your messy closet to find a shirt, this is an example of a situation where you rummage through your closet.
YourDictionary
(nautical) To arrange (cargo, goods, etc.) in the hold of a ship; to move or rearrange such goods.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
organizeorder
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noun
rummages
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.

Wiktionary

(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.

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Synonyms:
ransackingodds and endsmiscellanyjumblehand-me-downsold clothesfripperystuffantiquessecond-hand goodsused goods

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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