verb (used with object)
Origin of ransack
Examples from the Web for ransack
Chet, while a second reading was going on, commenced to ransack the house.Three Young Ranchmen|Ralph Bonehill
"Well, let's go up and ransack that old cabin," announced Bonner, starting toward the willows.The Daughter of Anderson Crow|George Barr McCutcheon
Far and wide his messengers travelled to ransack the world for rare woods and precious metals.Ancient Man|Hendrik Willem van Loon
The commissaire proceeded, with a hasty hand, as if he wished to get the work quickly over, to ransack drawers and boxes.
If you don't ransack the house, at least you ransack your memory, in search for facts that will assist you.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
British Dictionary definitions for ransack
Word Origin for ransack
Word Origin and History for ransack
mid-13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rannsaka "to pillage," literally "search the house" (especially legally, for stolen goods), from rann "house," from Proto-Germanic *rasnan (c.f. Gothic razn, Old English ærn "house;" see barn) + saka "to search," related to Old Norse soekja "seek" (see seek). Sense influenced by sack (v.). Related: Ransacked; ransacking.