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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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  • The high tragedians, who once ranted in the Parliaments of the world, continued it at supper afterwards.

    A Revision of the Treaty John Maynard Keynes
  • While she ranted, he brazenly began writing in visible ink once more.

    Droozle Frank Banta
  • He ranted at Van Oudijck, he called down all the curses of heaven upon his head.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • He foamed and ranted like he war acting a play in some theatre.

  • I ranted deplorably, and though I closed amid fairly generous applause, no flowers were handed up to me.

  • Connel fumed and ranted, threatened and cajoled, begged and pleaded, but it was no use.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for ranted


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 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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