- 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 ranted
One day, Robbins gave up hope for a new answer, and he ranted in frustration.The Strange Power of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
October 28, 2013
He ranted and raved in gibberish, always talking about himself, but was also very intelligent.Speed Read: 9 Revelations From Elizabeth Smart’s Memoir, ‘My Story’
The Daily Beast
October 10, 2013
He said “all the folks that ranted and raved did nothing but good stuff [and] raise[d] our credibility, membership and budget.”Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Sarah Palin, & Other Things to Watch For at CPAC
February 9, 2012
In an interview with the Today show, Sheen ranted about “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA,” and referred to himself as a “warlock.”Charlie Sheen: Stop Putting Him on TV!
March 1, 2011
While she ranted, he brazenly began writing in visible ink once more.Droozle
He foamed and ranted like he war acting a play in some theatre.Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier
Frances Fuller Victor
I just shocked Suggs and the rest into a panicky silence while I ranted.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
Connel fumed and ranted, threatened and cajoled, begged and pleaded, but it was no use.Sabotage in Space
He ranted at Van Oudijck, he called down all the curses of heaven upon his head.The Hidden Force
- 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 ranted
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.).