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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RUMMAGE, v., n. Also Sc. forms romage (Slk. 1825 Hogg Queen Hynde (1874) 199); rummitch (Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R.63). Sc. usages:

I. v. 1. To knock anything about violently (Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R.63). Rare or obs. in Eng.

2. To rage, to storm (Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R.63).

3. To make a noise in searching for something (Abd.13 1909; Abd., Ags. 1968). Cf. Reemish.

II. n. A great noise, commotion or turmoil, an obstreperous din (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). Obs. in Eng.Abd. 1883 G. Macdonald D. Grant lvii.:
Up gat sic a romage i' the servan' ha', straucht aneth whaur I was lyin.

[A conflation of Rummiss, with Eng. rummage.]

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"Rummage v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <>



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