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rum·mage

 (rŭm′ĭj)
v. rum·maged, rum·mag·ing, rum·mag·es
v.tr.
1. To search thoroughly by handling, turning over, or disarranging the contents of.
2. To discover by searching thoroughly.
v.intr.
To make an energetic, usually hasty search.
n.
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 : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + perhaps run, ship's hold (of Germanic origin; see reuə- in Indo-European roots).]

rum′mag·er n.

rummage

(ˈrʌmɪdʒ)
vb
(when: intr, often foll by through) to search (through) while looking for something, often causing disorder or confusion
n
1. an act of rummaging
2. a jumble of articles
3. obsolete confusion or bustle
[C14 (in the sense: to pack a cargo): from Old French arrumage, from arrumer to stow in a ship's hold, probably of Germanic origin]
ˈrummager n

rum•mage

(ˈrʌm ɪdʒ)

v. -maged, -mag•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to search thoroughly or actively through, esp. by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
2. to find, bring, or fetch by searching (often fol. by out or up).
v.i.
3. to search actively, as in a place or receptacle or within oneself.
n.
4. miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
5. a rummaging search.
[1520–30; earlier, arrangement of cargo in a ship, aph. alter. of Middle French arrumage]
rum′mag•er, n.

Rummage

 miscellaneous articles; lumber; rubbish, 1598.
Example: good riddance to bad rummage, 1880.

rummage


Past participle: rummaged
Gerund: rummaging

Imperative
rummage
rummage
Present
I rummage
you rummage
he/she/it rummages
we rummage
you rummage
they rummage
Preterite
I rummaged
you rummaged
he/she/it rummaged
we rummaged
you rummaged
they rummaged
Present Continuous
I am rummaging
you are rummaging
he/she/it is rummaging
we are rummaging
you are rummaging
they are rummaging
Present Perfect
I have rummaged
you have rummaged
he/she/it has rummaged
we have rummaged
you have rummaged
they have rummaged
Past Continuous
I was rummaging
you were rummaging
he/she/it was rummaging
we were rummaging
you were rummaging
they were rummaging
Past Perfect
I had rummaged
you had rummaged
he/she/it had rummaged
we had rummaged
you had rummaged
they had rummaged
Future
I will rummage
you will rummage
he/she/it will rummage
we will rummage
you will rummage
they will rummage
Future Perfect
I will have rummaged
you will have rummaged
he/she/it will have rummaged
we will have rummaged
you will have rummaged
they will have rummaged
Future Continuous
I will be rummaging
you will be rummaging
he/she/it will be rummaging
we will be rummaging
you will be rummaging
they will be rummaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rummaging
you have been rummaging
he/she/it has been rummaging
we have been rummaging
you have been rummaging
they have been rummaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rummaging
you will have been rummaging
he/she/it will have been rummaging
we will have been rummaging
you will have been rummaging
they will have been rummaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rummaging
you had been rummaging
he/she/it had been rummaging
we had been rummaging
you had been rummaging
they had been rummaging
Conditional
I would rummage
you would rummage
he/she/it would rummage
we would rummage
you would rummage
they would rummage
Past Conditional
I would have rummaged
you would have rummaged
he/she/it would have rummaged
we would have rummaged
you would have rummaged
they would have rummaged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rummage - a jumble of things to be given awayrummage - a jumble of things to be given away
clutter, fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter - a confused multitude of things
2.rummage - a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
Verb1.rummage - search haphazardly; "We rummaged through the drawers"
search - subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

rummage

verb search, hunt, root, explore, delve, examine, ransack, forage, fossick (Austral. & N.Z.), rootle They rummage through piles of second-hand clothes.

rummage

verb
Translations
بَحْث، تَنْقيبيَبْحَث، يُنَقِّب
hrabat seprohrabávání
gennemsøgeransagning
penkoa
átkutatás
ítarleg leitumróta; gjörleita
kratanaršymas
jauktieskratīšanapārmeklēšanavandīties
prehrabávanie
altüst ederek aramaaltüst ederek aramak

rummage

[ˈrʌmɪdʒ]
A. VIhurgar
he rummaged in his pocket and produced a keyhurgando en el bolsillo sacó una llave
to rummage aboutrevolverlo todo, buscar revolviéndolo todo
to rummage about in a drawerhurgar or revolver en un cajón
B. N (US) (= clothes) → ropa f usada; (= bric-à-brac) → objetos mpl usados
C. CPD rummage sale N (US) → venta f de objetos usados (con fines benéficos)

rummage

[ˈrʌmɪdʒ]
vifouiller
to rummage in sth → fouiller dans qch
to rummage through sth → fouiller dans qch
n
to have a rummage in sth → fouiller dans qch
rummage about
rummage around vifarfouiller
to rummage around in sth, to rummage about in sth → farfouiller dans qchrummage sale n (US)vente f de charité

rummage

n
to have a good rummage in somethingetw gründlich durchstöbern or durchwühlen; to have a good rummage aroundgründlich herumstöbern or herumwühlen
(= jumble)Ramsch m
vi (also rummage about, rummage around)herumstöbern, herumwühlen (→ among, in in +dat, → for nach)

rummage

[ˈrʌmɪdʒ] vi to rummage (about or around)rovistare, frugare
to rummage about in sth/for sth → rovistare or frugare in qc/per trovare qc

rummage

(ˈramidʒ) verb
to search by turning things out or over. He rummaged in the drawer for a clean shirt.
noun
a thorough search.
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.
Though I suspect Jordan's sliding doors have accommodated more browsers and rummagers than Marks & Sparks.
The fearless rummagers lower themselves into the darkened, often lethal bowels and engine rooms of commercial vessels in search of ingeniously stashed contraband.
Once the skip dumpers had finished, the skip rummagers moved in.