verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- ransom, john crowe,
- rant and rave,
Origin of rant
Examples from the Web for ranting
Perhaps we can ignore the ranting of the Kim regime, but Chinese nuclear threats are particularly worrisome.
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|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Bratton descended to the trains, a man was pacing the platform edge, ranting in Spanish.
People tend to roll their eyes and give Nugent a pass because the ranting is seen as just part of his schtick.
But Prince Bandar was not the only Saudi Prince who is ranting.
At the evening meal Windy McPherson had talked voluminously, ranting and shouting about the house.Windy McPherson's Son|Sherwood Anderson
Another revulsion of feeling mastered her; she no longer thought of him as ranting; she felt his words too strongly for that.The Whirligig of Time|Wayland Wells Williams
Teach him that the men of Ulverston are sensible fellows, and not to be led astray by a ranting Quaker!'A Book of Quaker Saints|Lucy Violet Hodgkin
The very piper was delighted with the ranting chield, and ever, as his clap and hoogh!
I got him away from the gang he was ranting to and had a little talk with him.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
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.).