[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 Origin late 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)’.