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[rant] /rænt/
verb (used without object)
to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave:
The demagogue ranted for hours.
verb (used with object)
to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.
ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
a ranting utterance.
Origin of rant
1590-1600; < Dutch ranten (obsolete) to talk foolishly
Related forms
ranter, noun
rantingly, adverb
outrant, verb (used with object)
unranting, adjective
3. bombast, extravagance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rant
  • He may rant and rave and lecture, but he will have to adjust.
  • Never rant or fustian, but a calm intensity, a manifest identification with the characters he portrayed.
  • For some people, the first instinct is to rant and rave and throttle someone.
  • In the realm of college admissions, today is a day to rejoice-or rant.
  • They are only enlivened by technical hitches and the occasional political rant by a drunken winner.
  • Brown begins his rant by insisting that mankind faces imminent food shortages.
  • With electronics, this happens often enough to warrant a rant.
  • The knuckleheads who create policy or rant on probably never had a physical-type job.
  • Lets hear you rant about the claim below by one of your gurus.
  • Since they have summers off, they had plenty of time to go to town hall meetings and rant against health care reform.
British Dictionary definitions for rant


to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
(intransitive) (mainly Scot) to make merry; frolic
loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
(mainly Scot) a wild revel
(Scot) an energetic dance or its tune
Derived Forms
ranter, noun
ranting, adjective, noun
rantingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch ranten to rave; related to German ranzen to gambol
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Word Origin and History for rant

c.1600, "to be jovial and boisterous," also "to talk bombastically," from Dutch randten (earlier ranten) "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (cf. German rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). Related: Ranted; ranting. Ranters "antinomian sect which arose in England c.1645" is attested from 1651; applied 1823 to early Methodists. A 1700 slang dictionary has rantipole "a rude wild Boy or Girl" (also as a verb and adjective); to ride rantipole meant "The woman uppermost in the amorous congress" [Grose].


"boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast; a ranting speech," 1640s, from rant (v.).

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