verb (rummag, ing)
- (obsolete) commotion; disturbance
- (transitive) to search something which contains many items hastily by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
- She rummaged her purse in search for the keys.
- (transitive) to search something thoroughly and with disregard for the way in which things were arranged
- The burglars rummaged the entire house for cash and jewellery.
- (intransitive) to hastily search for something in a confined space and among many items by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
- She rummaged in the drawers trying to find the missing sock.
Etymology: Old French arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumer (confer French arrimer), "to arrange the cargo in the hold". Confer Spanish arrumar.
- German: wí¼hlen
- French: fouiller
- Italian: rovistare, frugare
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