Rummaged
Rummage Rum"mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 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}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They might bring away a great deal more than they do, if they would take pain in the romaging. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

He . . . searcheth his pockets, and taketh his keys, and so rummageth all his closets and trunks. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account! --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rummaged — rum·mage || rÊŒmɪdÊ’ n. thorough and diligent search; old things, miscellaneous items v. make a thorough search, look for diligently …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rum|mage — «RUHM ihj», verb, maged, mag|ing, noun. –v.t. 1. to search thoroughly by moving things about: »I rummaged three drawers before I found my gloves. He rummaged his pockets (Mark Twain). SYNONYM(S): See syn. under search. (Cf. ↑s …   Useful english dictionary

  • rummage — [[t]rʌ̱mɪʤ[/t]] rummages, rummaging, rummaged 1) VERB If you rummage through something, you search for something you want by moving things around in a careless or hurried way. [V prep] They rummage through piles of second hand clothes for… …   English dictionary

  • rummage — I UK [ˈrʌmɪdʒ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms rummage : present tense I/you/we/they rummage he/she/it rummages present participle rummaging past tense rummaged past participle rummaged to search for something among a lot of other things… …   English dictionary

  • romage — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roomage — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage — Rum mage, v. i. To search a place narrowly. [1913 Webster] I have often rummaged for old books in Little Britain and Duck Lane. Swift. [1913 Webster] [His house] was haunted with a jolly ghost, that . . . . . . rummaged like a rat. Tennyson.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage — Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummaging — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rummage — I. verb (rummaged; rummaging) Etymology: 2rummage Date: 1582 intransitive verb 1. to make a thorough search or investigation 2. to engage in an undirected or haphazard search transitive verb 1. to make a thorough search through …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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