- 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 ranting
Perhaps we can ignore the ranting of the Kim regime, but Chinese nuclear threats are particularly worrisome.Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine
Gordon G. Chang
August 31, 2014
Had Richard III been able to install a tape recorder in his palaces the ranting might well have been identical.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
When Bratton descended to the trains, a man was pacing the platform edge, ranting in Spanish.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
People tend to roll their eyes and give Nugent a pass because the ranting is seen as just part of his schtick.GOP’s Wango Tango With Ted Nugent
February 19, 2014
But Prince Bandar was not the only Saudi Prince who is ranting.Saudi Fears and Mysteries
Leslie H. Gelb
October 24, 2013
Dinna fill his head wi' ranting thoughts of dogs and horses.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Yes, the Swami was ranting and raving about leaving Los Angeles at once.Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
Please forgive me for ranting like a schoolmaster, and please don't cry like that.To Love
And why should not Ranting Rob tache the boy Latin and vartue?Paul Clifford, Complete
Avoid shouting, ranting, and "tearing a passion to tatters."Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience
- 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 ranting
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.).