rummage

verb
rum·mage | \ˈrə-mij \
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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are thousands more unconfirmed discoveries, and researchers continue to find new ways to rummage through Kepler’s data trove. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA put its famous planet-hunting telescope to sleep because it’s almost out of fuel," 6 July 2018 In 2010 and 2011, Alexandria schools reported six incidents involving the children to the state Department of Human Services, including reports that the children had been rummaging through trash for food and taking food from other students. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 In 2010 and 2011, Alexandria schools reported six incidents involving the children to the state Department of Human Services, including reports that the children had been rummaging through trash for food and taking food from other students. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 In 2010 and 2011, Alexandria schools reported six incidents involving the children to the state Department of Human Services, including reports that the children had been rummaging through trash for food and taking food from other students. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Eaten in solitude, mangoes generate words, as the mind rummages for language to describe precisely what the senses are experiencing. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 Garner made a run for it while Owens was rummaging through the victim’s clothes. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "'First date' robbery in park was a set-up, police say," 22 June 2018 The robbers rummaged through the customers' pockets, stealing wallets, cash and other items, Follmer said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Off-duty Cleveland police officer forced to ground during armed robbery, engaged in shootout while chasing robbers, union says," 28 Mar. 2018 Police said Scarborough pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man, while Pierre rummaged through his pockets. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Man suspected in domestic violence case also accused in St. Roch armed robbery," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Good Shepherd's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1235 S. 100th St., West Allis, is hosting a neighborhood rummage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get a job with the Wisconsin State Fair, get a deal at a rumage and party like a librarian," 28 May 2018 Former president and current member Marie Weber said socializing gave way to fundraising, especially through rummage and bake sales, Christmas house tours and by creating and selling local phone directories. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: With membership dwindling, once-thriving Hales Corners Woman's Club is disbanding," 24 Apr. 2018 Important note: Last week's announcement failed to give a date for the Western Reserve Masonic Community's annual rummage and estate sale. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Young speakers impress the audience: Whit & Whimsey," 20 Apr. 2018 Today’s stores, all close to the Brooklyn apartment that Cumming, Faber and Kivlen once shared, are rummage-friendly. Alice Hines, New York Times, "How a Rising Rock Band Shops for Vintage," 29 Mar. 2018 Also lots of household rummage, books, crafting items and collectibles/treasures. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4. cleveland.com, "Holiday sales and bazaars pop up for the 2017 season around Northeast Ohio," 26 Oct. 2017 Featuring local crafters, complimentary gift wrapping, holiday rummage, and items made by our own residents. cleveland.com, "Holiday sales and bazaars pop up for the 2017 season around Northeast Ohio," 26 Oct. 2017 Her novels—filled with vicars, church jumble (rummage) sales, cups of tea, narcissistic men, and anthropologists—are sometimes compared to those of Jane Austen for their delicate irony, but Pym was less sanguine about romantic love. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "A new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.," 12 July 2017 Merrillville rummage sale Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church will hold its fifth annual Rummage Sale Friday through Sunday at the church, located at 8600 Grand Blvd. in Merrillville. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 23 Aug. 2017

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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

Verb

rummage entry 2

Noun

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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Phrases Related to rummage

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More Definitions for rummage

rummage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rummage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rummage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rummage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

rummage

verb
rum·mage | \ˈrə-mij \
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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