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 This entire series is far closer to a role-playing game, complete with shops and living spaces to explore and rummage through. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Box holder lawsuits allege that those promises were false and that agents, with no probable cause, intended from the start to rummage through the boxes looking for evidence in the criminal investigation. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Throughout the day, a steady stream of neighbors stopped by to rummage through the donations. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 10 Aug. 2021 Countless bears roam the beaches, often hunkering down in the afternoon sun to rummage through piles of rotting, stinking kelp that washes up on the beach. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Countless bears roam the beaches, often hunkering down in the afternoon sun to rummage through piles of rotting, stinking kelp that washes up on the beach. Emily Schwing, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 The Jazz need to rummage through it all, and keep what’s worth keeping and toss out the rest, and add stuff in, despite the tight boundaries, expense, and finagling necessary to do so. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2021 Courts have placed stiff restrictions on the Justice Department’s ability to rummage around lawmaker’s records, Brand said. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 For example, should parents rummage through the available embryos to choose a male or female? Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Holy Apostles: Family Festival with rides and games, crafts and rummage, bake sale and bingo, 3:30-10:30 p.m. June 21; 12:30-10:30 p.m. June 22; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2019 Check out the church's website, or contact the church by calling and ask to be directed to the rummage department. chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of rummage was in 1582

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3 Oct 2021

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“Rummage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rummage. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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)

: 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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