rant

[ 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.

noun

ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
a ranting utterance.

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Origin of rant

First recorded in 1590–1600, rant is from the Dutch word ranten (obsolete) to talk foolishly

OTHER WORDS FROM rant

rant·er, nounrant·ing·ly, adverbout·rant, verb (used with object)un·rant·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ranting

rant
/ (rænt) /

verb

to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
(intr) mainly Scot to make merry; frolic

noun

loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
mainly Scot a wild revel
Scot an energetic dance or its tune

Derived forms of rant

ranter, nounranting, adjective, nounrantingly, adverb

Word Origin for rant

C16: from Dutch ranten to rave; related to German ranzen to gambol
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