"There is nothing of the ranter in me—you know sir," and he used uncomplimentary remarks which I omit.
But if thou wilt need be punishing, then see thou be without sin thyself, and then cast the first stone at the ranter.
Nothing could be less like the ordinary type of the ranter than Dinah.
ranter held him in his jaws, as tight as if he were a woodchuck or a rabbit, instead of a school-boy.
A ranter preaches there between the services—an excellent, fiery, Christian man, they say.
We find in the side-notes such expressions as these—'highflying notions,' 'this ranter.'
And with all the eloquence of Whitfield, had he not many of the qualities of a ranter?
He was not a 'shouter' or a 'ranter,' but spoke and acted in a quiet, manly way.
You hate the game-laws; you are a Radical, ranter, and reformer.
ranter was still for sale, now at a five percent discount “allowed for ready money.”
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.).