rummage

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1rum·mage

verb \ˈrə-mij\

: to search for something especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place

rum·magedrum·mag·ing

Full Definition of RUMMAGE

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a thorough search or investigation
2
:  to engage in an undirected or haphazard search
transitive verb
1
:  to make a thorough search through :  ransack <rummaged the attic>
2
:  to examine minutely and completely
3
:  to discover by searching
rum·mag·er noun

Examples of RUMMAGE

  1. He rummaged through the attic for his baseball card collection.
  2. He rummaged in his pocket for the receipt.
  3. I heard you rummaging around in the refrigerator.

Origin of RUMMAGE

2rummage
First Known Use: 1582

Rhymes with RUMMAGE

2rummage

noun

: the act of looking for something among a group of things

Full Definition of RUMMAGE

1
a :  a confused miscellaneous collection
b :  items for sale at a rummage sale
2
:  a thorough search especially among a confusion of objects

Examples of RUMMAGE

  1. <a rummage of textbooks, notebooks, and old school papers all over the desk>

Origin of RUMMAGE

obsolete English romage act of stowing cargo, modification of Middle French arrimage, from arrimer to stow, from a- (from Latin ad-) + -rimer, from Middle English rimen to open up, make room for, from Old English rȳman — more at ream
First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with RUMMAGE

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: rummage sale
Previous Word in the Dictionary: rumless
All Words Near: rummage

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up rummage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More