v. rum·maged, rum·mag·ing, rum·mag·es
- To search thoroughly by handling, turning over, or disarranging the contents of.
- To discover by searching thoroughly.
To make an energetic, usually hasty search.
- A thorough search among a number of things.
- 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.