verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of rant
Synonyms for rant
Related Words for ranterknow-it-all, egotist, windbag, boaster, blowhard, brag, bragger, swashbuckler, exhibitionist, blatherskite, braggadocio, peacock, show-off, gasbag, trumpeter, raver, grandstander, hotshot, ranter, merrymaker
Examples from the Web for ranter
Historical Examples of ranter
Mike said he was sorry, and expressed his wonder that Ranter could be so cruel.Mike Marble
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
Word Origin 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.).