Rummager - definition of rummager by The Free Dictionary
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v. rum·maged, rum·mag·ing, rum·mag·es
1. To search thoroughly by handling, turning over, or disarranging the contents of.
2. To discover by searching thoroughly.
To make an energetic, usually hasty search.
1. A thorough search among a number of things.
2. A confusion of miscellaneous articles.
[From earlier romage
, act of packing cargo
, from French arrumage
, from Old French, from arumer
, to stow
, from Old Provençal arumar
(from Latin ad-
; see ad-
) + perhaps run
, ship's hold
(of Germanic origin
; see reuə-
in Indo-European roots
References in classic literature
There was no likelihood that the caches would escape the search of such keen eyes and experienced rummagers
, and the idea was intolerable that any more booty should fall into their hands.
McDonnell describes the biographical Browning as "a committed rummager
," whose work itself resembles a "room or cabinet of curiosities, [in which] objects exist in odd juxtaposition [ranging from] the sought-after to the serendipitous" (69).
I'm usually a high street shopper, rather than a designer girl, but I must admit I'm a bit of a rummager
as well," she laughs.