verb (used with object), rum·maged, rum·mag·ing.
verb (used without object), rum·maged, rum·mag·ing.
Origin of rummage
Examples from the Web for rummage
Contemporary Examples of rummage
Another leaned forward at that point to rummage in her bag for a mint.George Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution’s Dramatic Closing Arguments
July 11, 2013
Malamo Voulgaropoulou, a former singer now in her 80s, is one of many pensioners who rummage through dumpsters for food.Greece on the Brink of Financial Abyss as Syriza Party Weighs Default
May 12, 2012
Previously, Anderson had enraged Hoover by assigning a reporter to rummage through his trash at home.Hoover’s Secret Files
August 2, 2011
Historical Examples of rummage
I want to rummage over my thoughts and see whether some of them are to be abandoned or not.'A Woman Intervenes
After the action we went to rummage a sort of camp, which they had left behind them.The Jest Book
So I had to rummage through the refrigerator and use my own judgment.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
She had to rummage her memory awhile to discover just what it was.The Faith Doctor
Did I ever walk into your house to pry and rummage, and tell you that your things were no use?A Little Country Girl
Word Origin for rummage
1540s, "arrange (cargo) in a ship," from rummage (n.), 1520s, "act of arranging cargo in a ship," a shortening of Middle French arrumage "arrangement of cargo," from arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship," from a- "to" + rumer, probably from Germanic (cf. Old Norse rum "compartment in a ship," Old High German rum "space," Old English rum; see room (n.)). Or else from English room (n.) + -age.
Meaning "to search closely (the hold of a ship), especially by moving things about" first recorded 1610s. Related: Rummaged; rummaging. Rummage sale (1803) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.