Definition of rummage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrʌmɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmɪdʒ//
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[singular] the act of looking for something among a group of other objects in a way that makes them untidy Have a rummage around in the drawer and see if you can find a pen. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Old French arrumage, from arrumer ‘stow (in a hold)’, from Middle Dutch ruim ‘room’. In early use the word referred to the arranging of items such as casks in the hold of a ship, giving rise (early 17th cent.) to the verb sense ‘make a search of (a vessel)’.

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