rummage

verb
rum·​mage | \ ˈrə-mij How to pronounce rummage (audio) \
rummaged; rummaging

Definition of rummage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rummage

noun

Definition of rummage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from rummage

Verb

rummager noun

Examples of rummage in a Sentence

Verb He rummaged through the attic for his baseball card collection. He rummaged in his pocket for the receipt. I heard you rummaging around in the refrigerator. Noun a rummage of textbooks, notebooks, and old school papers all over the desk
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a student at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, Kosann would head downtown after class to rummage through antiques stores. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Another man who had been waiting for a bus stopped to rummage through the debris. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mark your calendar for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Fairview Park Senior Center for the center’s rummage and craft sale, just in time for the holidays. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2021 The man shouts up to the loft into which a ladder disappears, and after a minute’s rummage some invisible hand tosses down bundles of fresh stock and a packet of sample invitations. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 The money, about $150,000 so far, has been raised by bake sales, rummage sales, tea parties, tours of the local castle, everything imaginable, even historical cheese. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 If someone needs something from the office, management will have interns rummage through your desk for you. Eugene Lim, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2021 After the pandemic canceled many area communitywide rummage sales last summer, some are making a comeback this year. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2021 Chavez, 33, stood in the backyard on Wednesday morning watching his three dogs and a potbellied pig rummage in the snow. Maria Jimenez Moya, Star Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 Garage, rummage and yard sales can allow the lesser of the three: 50% of the total occupancy, one person for every 30 square feet or 250 people. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 June 2020 Her daughter just left for college and her apartment seems to have turned into one of those rummage shops that mostly sell Disney collectible glasses. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 3 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of rummage

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rummage

Noun and Verb

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

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18 Apr 2022

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“Rummage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rummage. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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rummage

verb
rum·​mage | \ ˈrə-mij How to pronounce rummage (audio) \
rummaged; rummaging

Kids Definition of rummage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

rummage

noun

Kids Definition of rummage (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mixed up collection of different articles

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