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rummage

[ruhm-ij] /ˈrʌm ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), rummaged, rummaging.
1.
to search thoroughly or actively through (a place, receptacle, etc.), especially by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
2.
to find, bring, or fetch by searching (often followed by out or up).
verb (used without object), rummaged, rummaging.
3.
to search actively, as in a place or receptacle or within oneself:
She rummaged in her mind for the forgotten name.
noun
4.
miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
5.
a rummaging search.
Origin of rummage
1520-1530
1520-30; aphetic alteration of Middle French arrumage, equivalent to arrum(er) to stow goods in the hold of a ship (< ?) + -age -age
Related forms
rummager, noun
unrummaged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rummage out
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  • It took some time to rummage out the muff, for Nursey had tucked it far back on the shelf behind other things.

    Nine Little Goslings Susan Coolidge
  • Let the nonsenseorship invade the secret closets of our personality and rummage out our most cherished suppressed desires.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • How different from the mothers that other heroines contrive to rummage out in northern turrets and ruined chapels!

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • Calkerlate Ill take a look through his pockets, he said; might rummage out something worth havin.

  • It can't possibly take me very long to go down and rummage out something for your comfort.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for rummage out

rummage out

verb
1.
(transitive) to find by searching vigorously; turn out

rummage

/ˈrʌmɪdʒ/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by through. to search (through) while looking for something, often causing disorder or confusion
noun
2.
an act of rummaging
3.
a jumble of articles
4.
(obsolete) confusion or bustle
Derived Forms
rummager, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for rummage out

rummage

v.

1540s, "arrange (cargo) in a ship," from rummage (n.), 1520s, "act of arranging cargo in a ship," a shortening of Middle French arrumage "arrangement of cargo," from arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship," from a- "to" + rumer, probably from Germanic (cf. Old Norse rum "compartment in a ship," Old High German rum "space," Old English rum; see room (n.)). Or else from English room (n.) + -age.

Meaning "to search closely (the hold of a ship), especially by moving things about" first recorded 1610s. Related: Rummaged; rummaging. Rummage sale (1803) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.

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