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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ranter
Historical Examples
  • Mike said he was sorry, and expressed his wonder that ranter could be so cruel.

    Mike Marble Uncle Frank
  • You hate the game-laws; you are a Radical, ranter, and reformer.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • And why should we be delighted with Mr. Macready's delineation, and disgusted with the ranter?

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • And with all the eloquence of Whitfield, had he not many of the qualities of a ranter?

  • Nothing could be less like the ordinary type of the ranter than Dinah.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • Mnster was exhibiting on a large scale what is reproduced in our own land in many a Wesleyan and ranter revival meeting.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • "There is nothing of the ranter in me—you know sir," and he used uncomplimentary remarks which I omit.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • But if thou wilt need be punishing, then see thou be without sin thyself, and then cast the first stone at the ranter.

  • ranter was still for sale, now at a five percent discount “allowed for ready money.”

  • It is clear that ranter and his colts, as well as the cattle, had not been disposed of at the former sale.

British Dictionary definitions for ranter


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 ranter



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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