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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 ?
Presently Beth and Amy woke to rummage and find their little books also, one dove-colored, the other blue, and all sat looking at and talking about them, while the east grew rosy with the coming day.
Then we would make up the rest of the standing army out of commonplace materi- als, and officer it with nobodies, as was proper -- nobodies selected on a basis of mere efficiency -- and we would make this regiment toe the line, allow it no aristocratic freedom from restraint, and force it to do all the work and persistent hammering, to the end that whenever the King's Own was tired and wanted to go off for a change and rummage around amongst ogres and have a good time, it could go without uneasiness, knowing that matters were in safe hands behind it, and business going to be continued at the old stand, same as usual.
Now, I'll teach you to rummage my bookshelves: for they ARE mine; all the house belongs to me, or will do in a few years.
I laughed again, but for all answer to this inquiry I said, "Of course if she can rummage about that way she can perfectly have burnt them.
Among them odd heaps of old papers, this gentleman, when he comes into the property, naturally begins to rummage, don't you see?
So saying, he drew his companion along toward a group of rocks that rose upon one point of the island; there, after searching for some time, he began to rummage among the brambles, and, in so doing, scratched his hands until they bled.
It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.
My dear child--what are you, a rummage sale or a guess-me-quick?
I generally go on a cupboard rummage after reading Pickwick.
He went over and began to rummage among them, reading snatches here and there, his favorite portions.
A general lament arose, when a careful rummage left no hopes; for the fates had evidently decreed at candy was not to prosper on this unpropitious night.
Aunt Plenty had even allowed Rose to rummage in her great china closet a spicy retreat, rich in all the "goodies" that children love; but Rose seemed to care little for these toothsome temptations; and when that hope failed, Aunt Plenty gave up in despair.