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Meaning of RUMMAGE

Pronunciation:  'rumij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
  2. [n]  a jumble of things to be given away
  3. [v]  search haphazardly; "We rummaged through the drawers"

RUMMAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: ransacking
 See Also: clutter, hunt, hunting, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, search, search, smother, welter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rum"mage\ (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence
    originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See
    1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a
       ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and
       moving about of packages incident to close stowage; --
       formerly written romage. [Obs.]
    2. A searching carefully by looking into every corner, and by
       turning things over.
             He has made such a general rummage and reform in the
             office of matrimony.                  --Walpole.
    {Rummage sale}, a clearance sale of unclaimed goods in a
       public store, or of odds and ends which have accumulated
       in a shop. --Simmonds.
  2. \Rum"mage\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Rummaging}.]
    1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move
       about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close
       stowage; to stow closely; to pack; -- formerly written
       {roomage}, and {romage}. [Obs.]
             They might bring away a great deal more than they
             do, if they would take pain in the romaging.
    2. To search or examine thoroughly by looking into every
       corner, and turning over or removing goods or other
       things; to examine, as a book, carefully, turning over
       leaf after leaf.
             He . . . searcheth his pockets, and taketh his keys,
             and so rummageth all his closets and trunks.
             What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek
             dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account! --M.
  3. \Rum"mage\, v. i.
    To search a place narrowly.
          I have often rummaged for old books in Little Britain
          and Duck Lane.                           --Swift.
          [His house] was haunted with a jolly ghost, that . . .
          . . . rummaged like a rat.               --Tennyson.