Words related to -age

rummage (v.)

1540s, "arrange or stow (cargo) in a ship," from the noun rummage "act of arranging cargo in a ship" (1520s), a shortening of French arrumage "arrangement of cargo," from arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship," from a- "to" + -rumer, which is probably from Germanic (compare Old Norse rum "compartment in a ship," Old High German rum "space," Old English rum; see room (n.)). Or else the whole word is from English room (n.) + -age.

The meaning "hunt through or search closely" (the hold of a ship)" is by 1610s; that of "disarrange, disorder, rout out by searching" (reversing the original sense) is from 1590s. Related: Rummaged; rummaging. The noun in the sense of "an act of rummaging, an overhauling search" is by 1753. A rummage sale (1803) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.

seepage (n.)
1825, from seep + -age.
sewage (n.)
1818, from sew (v.) "to drain, draw off water" (late 15c., from sewer (n.1)) + -age.
sewerage (n.)
1832, from sewer (n.1) + -age.
shortage (n.)
1862, American English, from short + -age.
shrinkage (n.)
1713, "act or fact of shrinking," from shrink (v.) + -age. Meaning "amount by which something has shrunk" is from 1862.
signage (n.)
1972, in reference to signs on roads or outside stores, from sign (n.) + -age. Earlier in legal language with reference to affixing signatures.
slippage (n.)
1850, "act of slipping," from slip (v.) + -age.
spillage (n.)
1838, from spill (v.) + -age. Shakespeare used spilth "that which has spilled, act of spilling" ("Timon," 1607), which was picked up by Browning, etc.
spousage (n.)
"marriage, wedlock," mid-14c., from spouse (n.) + -age.

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