Definitions

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  • v. to dig into the ground, with the snout

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To root up, as swine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dig with the snout

Etymologies

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Examples

  • May the police now turn up on a whim and rootle around in our drawers?

    Invasion of the body scanners | Victoria Coren

  • My great-grandparents would be dismayed by the dereliction of what was once the kitchen garden, where our pigs now rootle under the few survivors of Milicent's dozens of espaliered fruit trees, but they would, I hope, be reassured by the survival of some of the plants they put in, gifts of their friend Ellen Willmott, the great Edwardian gardener.

    Hancox: All under one roof

  • A quick rootle through the Bod pre-1920 listings shows a mere 52 fifty-two?

    In search of lost books

  • He wrapped a quilt around my shoulders, put a plate containing one and a half stale bannocks in front of me, and went to rootle in the cupboard after soap, washcloth, and linen towels.

    Drums of Autumn

  • But if you rootle again I flog again: mind you that. '

    The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay

  • The animals are not tempted to eat the snowdrops, but when they rootle, it splits up the clumps, so after a couple of years, by the time the bulbs have settled and increased in size, they can be harvested and sold.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • May the police now turn up on a whim and rootle around in our drawers? safeasmilk 2 October 2011 7:47AM

    The Guardian World News

  • I think this is the first time I have seen rootle in print.

    The Guardian World News

  • Did she squat over the Tiffany box or did her servants rootle in the toilet bowl?

    Music news, reviews, comment and features | guardian.co.uk

  • My great-grandparents would be dismayed by the dereliction of what was once the kitchen garden, where our pigs now rootle under the few survivors of Milicent's dozens of espaliered fruit trees, but they would, I hope, be reassured by the survival of some of the plants they put in, gifts of their friend

    The Guardian World News

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  • bunnies rootle the carpet

    April 19, 2010

  • *loves*

    October 16, 2008

  • Rootin' tootin' rootler.

    October 16, 2008

  • I'm a desert rootler. I highly recommend it.

    October 16, 2008

  • And then the chimps relaxed as the large dark shape of a bushpig appeared, rootling his way through the undergrowth.
    --Jane Goodall, 2000, Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, p. 98

    October 16, 2008

  • My dog does this in blankets.

    October 16, 2008

  • rootleing? rootling?

    October 16, 2008

  • Hence the libraries and laboratories; the observatories; the splendid equipment of costly and delicate instruments which now stands on glass shelves, where centuries ago the grass waved and the swine rootled.
    --Virginia Woolf, 1929, A Room of One's Own

    November 17, 2007