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
Another leaned forward at that point to rummage in her bag for a mint.George Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution’s Dramatic Closing Arguments|Jacqui Goddard|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|John Psaropoulos|May 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Previously, Anderson had enraged Hoover by assigning a reporter to rummage through his trash at home.
Once, he disappeared to rummage about in the dark, further end of the long car.The Cinder Pond|Carroll Watson Rankin
Some of the party then began to rummage every drawer and corner of the house, amidst the very voluble abuse of my wife.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
I was allowed to rummage at my leisure in this mine of archological treasure.Visits To Monasteries in the Levant|Robert Curzon
He looked at me in surprise, growled something through his teeth, and began to rummage in his portmanteau.A Hero of Our Time|M. Y. Lermontov
It would be meritorious not to leave a trace of pious men who rummage in your stomachs!
British Dictionary definitions for rummage
Word Origin for rummage
Word Origin and History 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.