• WordNet 3.6
    • v rummage search haphazardly "We rummaged through the drawers"
    • n rummage a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion) "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
    • n rummage a jumble of things to be given away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rummage (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.
    • Rummage 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."
    • Rummage (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. "They might bring away a great deal more than they do, if they would take pain in the romaging ."
    • v. i Rummage To search a place narrowly. "I have often rummaged for old books in Little Britain and Duck Lane.""His house] was haunted with a jolly ghost, that . . .
      . . . rummaged like a rat."
    • Rummage 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.""What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rummage To adjust the roomage or capacity of (a ship) with reference to the cargo; arrange or stow the cargo of (a ship) in the hold; especially, to clear by the removal of goods: as, to rummage a ship.
    • rummage To move to and fro the contents of, as in a search; ransack; hunt through; explore: as, to rummage a trunk.
    • rummage To set in motion; stir; hence, specifically, to mix by stirring or some other form of agitation: as, to rummage a liquid.
    • rummage To bring to light by searching.
    • rummage To arrange or stow the cargo of a ship in the hold.
    • rummage To search narrowly, especially by moving about and looking among the things in the place searched; execute a search.
    • rummage To make a stir, bustle, or disturbance.
    • n rummage The act of rummaging, in any sense; the act of searching a place, especially by turning over the contents.
    • n rummage A stirring or bustling about; a disturbance; an upheaval.
    • n rummage Lumber; rubbish. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rummage rum′āj to turn things over in search: to clear a ship's hold of goods: to pack: to stow closely: to ransack: to explore: to bring to light: to stir
    • v.i Rummage to make a search
    • n Rummage a careful search: an upheaval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For roomage, fr. room,; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See Room


In literature:

He rummaged out Peter's ballad.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
She rummaged round consid'able upstairs, an' when she kum down, lo and behold, the bunnit was gone!
"Queen Hildegarde" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Pete was still rummaging around as Brevoort straightened.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
A dozen people might rummage in that drawer without suspecting the fact that money is hidden there.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad" by Edith Van Dyne
We rummaged through a pile of driftwood and found some half-rotted two-by-sixes.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
But the brutes usually stayed indoors all day, and never went rummaging the coverts on their own account.
"The Romance of the Coast" by James Runciman
The children like to rummage in his pockets for souvenirs.
"The White Road to Verdun" by Kathleen Burke
Thus the hounds rummaged and scrimmaged for some minutes.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
The host began to rummage among his correspondence, and finally extracted an unstamped note, which he opened.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
The soldiers rummaged the chateau from top to bottom.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre

In poetry:

An awkward, verdant "maid of work,"
Who dearly loved her tasks to shirk,
While rummaging among
Unused apartments, with a jerk
The door wide open flung.
"Revenge" by Hattie Howard
Canst not, by rummaging within thy consciousness,
Find some bright vice to bare, as 't were a flashing sword?
Some gay, audacious vice, which wield with dexterousness,
And make to shine, and shoot red lightnings Heavenward!
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Pour donations onto tables and hold a rummage sale.
Fremont's Deluxe Junk Closing, Huge Rummage Sale Planned.
Tag Archive " rummage ".
Glass Recreation Center to hold rummage sale.
Mobile SPCA's Giant Rummage Sale is Oct 12-13.
The Mobile SPCA will hold its Giant Rummage Sale Oct 12-13 from 8 am to 2 pm Booths will be set up at the Second Chance Resale Shop, MSPCA warehouse, parking lot and carport.
Redeemer Lutheran Church is hosting a chowder, rummage , craft and bake sale, lunch and basket sale this Saturday from 10:30 to 3.
Fernley Mini-Storage in Nevada Hosts Charity Rummage Sale.
Benefit Rummage Sale this Saturday.
Gift of Grace Church (2102 N 40th St.) will be the site for a rummage sale this Saturday, October 6, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Impromptu rummage sale to aid Sandy victims.
Rummage Sale - 8 am to 2 pm Unity Chapel will host a rummage sale on Oct 5 and Oct 6.
St Paul's Fall Rummage Sale .
Back to School Rummage Sale .
Church will host indoor rummage sale .