What is the meaning of rummaging?What does this word stand for?

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The word rummage means to "search" or to "discover by hastily searching thoroughly and causing disorder." Thus, rummaging is the act of searching for something, often in a hasty manner, and in some cases with the hope of uncovering something else. Synonyms for rummaging include "ransacking," "scouring," "foraging" and "hunting." The word is often connected with "rummage sale," a type of enterprise (similar to a yard sale or garage sale) in which second-hand items are sold for a (usually) meager amount. "Rummage" comes from the French word "romage," the "act of packing cargo;" and from "arumer," meaning "to stow." The word was often used to denote articles found in storage on a ship.