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Definition of the noun rummage

What does rummage mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rummages

  1. a jumble of things to be given away
  2. a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
    • example: he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of rummage: ransacking
    • more generic words: hunt / hunting / search = the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun rummage

noun

  1. [obsolete] commotion; disturbance
  2. a thorough search, usually resulting in a disorder
  3. an unorganized collection of miscellaneous objects; a jumble

Definition of the verb rummage

What does rummage mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rummaged | rummaging | rummages

  1. search haphazardly
    • example: We rummaged through the drawers
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, leaf, listen, look, page, paw, poke, rifle, root, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb, tunnel.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: search = subject to a search

Alternative definition of the verb rummage

verb

  1. [transitive, nautical] to arrange (cargo, goods, etc.) in the hold of a ship; to move or rearrange such goods.
  2. [transitive, nautical] to search a vessel for smuggled goods.
  3. [transitive] to search something which contains many items hastily by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
  4. [transitive] to search something thoroughly and with disregard for the way in which things were arranged
  5. [intransitive] to hastily search for something in a confined space and among many items by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.

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Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

RUMMAGE, EXPLORE, RANSACK; SEARCH. Rummage is an old English term, compounded of room and age.

Google previewMosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants - Soft Cover Version - E-Book (2013)

by Sheila A. Sorrentino, Leighann Remmert

To rummage means to search for things by moving things around, turning things over, or looking through something such as a drawer or closet. The behavior may have no meaning. Or the person may be looking for a certain item but cannot ...

Google previewPROP - Occupational Therapy and Geriatrics Custom (2014)

by Anthem

To rummage means to search for things by moving things around, turning things over, or looking through something such as a drawer or closet. The behavior may have no meaning. Or the person may be looking for a certain item but cannot ...

Google previewQR, S Versability (2015)

by Roger J. Maderia

A rummage is a very thorough search, also a collection of used things. A romance is an intense love affair which may lead to exchanges of rings. Our final R is a roger: a code word CBers toss about. It means the message is understood. So this ...

Google previewTexas TAKS Exit Level English Languages Arts (2006)

by Research and Education Association

B Rummage means to make a thorough search or investigation. The words tearing apart the box show that the reader is looking very carefully for something. Choice B is correct. G Here compose is used in the sense that Victor has to write a ...

Google previewMosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants (2016)

by Sheila A. Sorrentino, Leighann Remmert

To rummage means to search for things by moving things around, turning things over, or looking through something ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Q - Z ; 1 by Hensleigh Wedgwood

rommle, to speak low or secretly ; rommock, to romp boisterously ; rammaking, behaving riotously and wantonly ; rumbullion, a great tumult ; rambustical, boisterous ; rummage, lumber, rubbish ; rumpus, a noise, uproar ; It. rombare, ...

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

rummage sale rule of thumb noun any practical method or procedure based on experience rather than on theory. ruler noun 1 a person who rules, especially a monarch. 2 a strip of wood, plastic, etc. with a ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Group Activities, CD-ROM Included (2011)

by Lorraine L. Ukens

Rummage. Sale. Goals 1. To provide an icebreaker activity at the beginning of a session. 2. To build cohesion within a group. 3. To introduce the concept of synergy. 4. To use creative thinking skills. Group Size Several groups of five to eight ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms, Briticisms, Canadianisms and Australianisms (2010)

by V.S. Matyushenkov

rummage esp. Am. /Br. jumble/ old clothes and other things found by rummaging about: They ran teas andbakesales, sold rummage M. Torgov.

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

rummage Friendship. They have an Order of Knights among them called the Order of the FURFELETH'; which unscrambled read: brothers, gites, ganimedes and THE RUFFLE. rummage 'grope or possess a woman' (F &H). Ex F r. ' arrumage' ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

rummage, scan, scour, scrutinise, scrutiny, seek, winnow search about scrounge search among refuse scavenge search and rob ransack, rifle search blindly grope search by touch feel search drawers rummage searcher hunter, prospector, ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

pat down Search about persistently—ferret Search around—ferret Search by hand—grope Search by police without warning—raid Search causing disorder— rummage Search destructively—ransack Search engine—Google Search far and ...

Google previewA Grammar and Dictionary of Indus Kohistani (2005)

by Claus Peter Zoller

latavul 'to search, rummage, turn over'. The synonym J compound IdtpAlAf suggests a basic meaning for latAv 'to rummage through' ...

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Scrabble value of R1U1M3M3A1G2E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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