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Meaning of RUMMAGE

Pronunciation:  'rumij

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Rum"mage\ (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence
    originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See
    {Room}.]
    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.
                                                   --Hakluyt.
    
    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.
                                                   --Howell.
    
             What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek
             dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account! --M.
                                                   Arnold.
    
    
  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.
    
    
 

 

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