Rummage

Definition of Rummage

Rum´mage
n.1.(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.
2.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.
- Walpole.
Rummage sale
a clearance sale of unclaimed goods in a public store, or of odds and ends which have accumulated in a shop.
- Simmonds.
v. t.1.(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.
[imp. & p. p. Rummaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Rummaging .]
They might bring away a great deal more than they do, if they would take pain in the romaging.
- Hakluyt.
2.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.
- Howell.
What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account!
- M. Arnold.
v. i.1.To search a place narrowly.
I have often rummaged for old books in Little Britain and Duck Lane.
- Swift.
[His house] was haunted with a jolly ghost, that . . .
. . . rummaged like a rat.
- Tennyson.

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