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rummage

Noun

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

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English

Etymology

Old French arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumer (confer French arrimer), "to arrange the cargo in the hold". Confer Spanish arrumar.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. to search something which contains many items hastily by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
    She rummaged her purse in search for the keys.
  2. to search something thoroughly and with disregard for the way in which things were arranged
    The burglars rummaged the entire house for cash and jewellery.
  3. to hastily search for something in a confined space and among many items by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
    She rummaged in the drawers trying to find the missing sock.

Translations

to search something which contains many items
to search something thoroughly and with disregard
to hastily search for

Noun

rummage
  1. (obsolete) commotion; disturbance

Quotations

  1. "And this, I take it,
    Is the main motive of our preparations
    The source of this our watch, and the chief head
    Of this post-haste and rummage in the land."'' - Horatio, in "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 1 l 103-106

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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