- to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave: The demagogue ranted for hours.
- to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.
- ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
- a ranting utterance.
Origin of rant
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Examples from the Web for rant
As anybody who has seen his now famous rant on Parks and Recreation knows, Patton Oswalt can get a little obsessed.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
An Uber driver went on an anti-gay, ant-American rant before physically assaulting his passenger.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
A network insider insisted: “No expletives were uttered by Mr Mason in the recording of his rant.”UK Reporter’s Anti-Banker Rant Goes Viral
November 13, 2014
Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?
October 29, 2014
There was that Twitter rant by Dan Haseltine, lead singer of Jars of Clay, supporting gay marriage.Is the Christian Music Industry Softening on Gays?
Matthew Paul Turner
October 19, 2014
Through the whole range of rant he rages like a man inspired.
Is there any genuine conviction at the bottom of all this rant and raving?
There was no symptom of raving or rant; no vulgarity or bad taste.Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear Can draw you to her with a single hair.The Career of Katherine Bush
Crowne too was a poet, as is evident from Thyestes, in spite of repulsiveness and rant.Thomas Otway
- to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
- (intr) mainly Scot to make merry; frolic
- loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
- mainly Scot a wild revel
- Scot an energetic dance or its tune
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.).