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 rummaging
"It wasn't likely that I should ask him," he said, turning his back to her, and rummaging among the papers on his desk.The Making of a Prig|Evelyn Sharp
With other vagabond wanderers, the Frenchman had evidently been rummaging old Nor'-West vaults.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
“I want her—” Peter Hope was rummaging among the litter on the desk.Tommy and Co.|Jerome K. Jerome
In her rummaging, Hester had the same experience that Helen had had three weeks before.Hester's Counterpart|Jean K. Baird
She was rummaging among her clothes with the two penetrating hands, one of which Gerard had set free.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
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.