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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 ranting
  • ranting is not his style, rather an absorption with every aspect of the production to the exclusion of all other considerations.
  • Sniffing, sobbing, wiling and ranting are socially acceptable expressions in some cultures.
  • Let's not sweep it under the carpet while ranting over semantics of crime.
  • Unless you address that inverted pyramid all you are doing is ranting.
  • Regardless, it is your paranoid ranting that clearly paints you as an anti-science fanatic.
  • You, for instance, seem to derive some masochistic pleasure from reading a blog that leaves you ranting and raving.
  • One would be able to form a more informed opinion, rather than ranting about what they wish to derive from the study.
  • Never heard a smoker ranting about a non-smoking one.
  • He apologised, but still claimed that his ranting had strong foundations.
  • But the nurse said my patient had been ranting and uncooperative with blood draws and blood-pressure checks.
British Dictionary definitions for ranting


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 ranting



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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