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rummage (v.)

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

Meaning "to search closely (the hold of a ship), especially by moving things about" first recorded 1610s. Related: Rummaged; rummaging. Rummage sale (1803) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.

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Definitions of rummage from WordNet
1
rummage (n.)
a jumble of things to be given away;
rummage (n.)
a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion);
he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis
Synonyms: ransacking
2
rummage (v.)
search haphazardly;
We rummaged through the drawers
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