rum·mage  (rŭm’ĭj)
v.   rum·maged, rum·mag·ing, rum·mag·es

v.   tr.

  1. To search thoroughly by handling, turning over, or disarranging the contents of.
  2. To discover by searching thoroughly.

v.   intr.

To make an energetic, usually hasty search.


  1. A thorough search among a number of things.
  2. A confusion of miscellaneous articles.

[From earlier romage, act of packing cargo, from French arrumage, from Old French, from arumer, to stow, from Old Provençal arumar : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + perhaps run, ship’s hold (of Germanic origin; see reuə- in Indo-European roots).]

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“A confusion of miscellaneous articles.”  Exactly.  Now you know.

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