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1rummage

verb rum·mage \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

RUMMAGING Defined for Kids

1rummage

verb rum·mage \ˈrə-mij\
rum·magedrum·mag·ing

Definition of RUMMAGE for Kids

:  to search especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place or container <… Henry and his father rummaged through the basement until they found a gallon jar … — Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins>

2rummage

noun

Definition of RUMMAGE for Kids

:  a mixed up collection of different articles

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