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

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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

The victim locked himself in the bathroom while the gunman rummaged through the apartment. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Driver arrested but gunman sought in robbery, shooting, cops say," 31 Aug. 2019 While one officer searched for drugs in the truck, Palya rummaged through her purse for a lighter and the other officer noticed a syringe plunger in the purse, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster woman charged with intent to distribute after police allegedly find narcotics in her purse, rectum," 23 Aug. 2019 Recalling his discovery while rummaging through trash on the weekend after Farber Dulos disappeared, the witness said the trash can was located near a convenience store on the corner of Albany and Garden. David Owens, courant.com, "A Hartford man may have found a knife linked to the disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos in the trash — and then traded it away," 3 Aug. 2019 The site was unfenced back then, and grizzlies often came to rummage for leftovers. National Geographic, "As wolverines battle to survive, warming poses a new threat," 11 July 2019 When the police busted in to rummage through the apartment, Robinson's mind had escaped. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Indians' Trayvon Robinson's rise from darkness, fall from big leagues and return to the light," 2 July 2019 By 2004 the site seemingly had no visitors when a director at St. Michaels named Ed Horn was rummaging through old articles about the cemetery and rediscovered it. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Forgotten Entertainer Rag," 24 May 2018 One of the men got out of a back passenger seat, smashed the window of the second car and rummaged through the car for about three seconds. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Vallejo police warn of thieves using tech to scope car burglary targets," 29 Aug. 2019 Shortly after being abandoned, a man rummaging through the dumpster spotted the plastic bag filled with puppies. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Coachella woman sentenced to jail for dumping puppies in the trash," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sign was still sitting in the garage but was off to the side, away from the rummage merchandise that was for sale. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Magnet fishing is a slimy new hobby where people pull guns, bikes and weird stuff out of Milwaukee-area rivers, lakes and lagoons," 25 June 2019 Already the schedule suggests a slightly frantic rummage deep in her closet. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 VALLEY CENTER Garden club holds rummage, plant sale The Garden Treasures Rummage & Summer Blowout Plant Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Martin Gang Ranch, 28933 Cole Grade Road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fallbrook Democratic Club receives Club of the Year Award," 20 June 2019 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

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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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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)

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

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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