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rummage

[ ruhm-ij ]
/ 藞r蕦m 瑟d蕭 /
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verb (used with object), rum路maged, rum路mag路ing.
to search thoroughly or actively through (a place, receptacle, etc.), especially by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
to find, bring, or fetch by searching (often followed by out or up).
verb (used without object), rum路maged, rum路mag路ing.
to search actively, as in a place or receptacle or within oneself: She rummaged in her mind for the forgotten name.
noun
miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
a rummaging search.
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Origin of rummage

1520鈥30; aphetic alteration of Middle French arrumage, equivalent to arrum(er) to stow goods in the hold of a ship (< ?) + -age-age

OTHER WORDS FROM rummage

rum路mag路er, nounun路rum路maged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rummage

rummage
/ (藞r蕦m瑟d蕭) /

verb
(when intr , often foll by through) to search (through) while looking for something, often causing disorder or confusion
noun
an act of rummaging
a jumble of articles
obsolete confusion or bustle

Derived forms of rummage

rummager, noun

Word Origin for rummage

C14 (in the sense: to pack a cargo): from Old French arrumage, from arrumer to stow in a ship's hold, probably of Germanic origin
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