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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
First recorded in 1590-1600, rant is from the Dutch word 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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  • Never before in the country-side had such a rant been seen or heard tell of.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • Is there any genuine conviction at the bottom of all this rant and raving?

  • Why you rave and rant about it as though it was actually my affections that were involved!

    Molly Make-Believe Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • There was no symptom of raving or rant; no vulgarity or bad taste.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • The tumultuous cry of the cascade, wont to rant in the ragged throat of Hellsfork, was now hushed to a repining monotone.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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