What does ransack mean?

Definitions for ransackˈræn sæk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ransack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray(verb)

    steal goods; take as spoils

    "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

  2. comb, ransack(verb)

    search thoroughly

    "They combed the area for the missing child"


  1. ransack(Verb)

    To loot or pillage. See also sack.

  2. ransack(Verb)

    To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.

  3. ransack(Verb)

    To examine carefully; to investigate.

  4. Origin: From ransaken, from rannsakka, from rann + saka; probably influenced by sack

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ransack(verb)

    to search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house

  2. Ransack(verb)

    to plunder; to pillage completely

  3. Ransack(verb)

    to violate; to ravish; to defiour

  4. Ransack(verb)

    to make a thorough search

  5. Ransack(noun)

    the act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage

  6. Origin: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]


  1. Ransack

    Ransack is the name of several fictional characters in the universe of the Transformers series. Ransack was first created in 1985 as one of the Insecticons. Since then the name was used for a variety of other Transformers characters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ransack

    ran′sak, v.t. to search thoroughly: to plunder: to pillage.—n. eager search.—n. Ran′sacker. [Scand. rannsakarann, a house, sak (sækja), Eng. seek.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ransack in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ransack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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