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verb (used without object)
  1. to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave: The demagogue ranted for hours.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.

  1. ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.

  2. a ranting utterance.

Origin of rant

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

Other words for rant

Other words from rant

  • ranter, noun
  • rant·ing·ly, adverb
  • outrant, verb (used with object)
  • un·rant·ing, adjective

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How to use rant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rant


/ (rænt) /

  1. to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones

  2. (intr) mainly Scot to make merry; frolic

  1. loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast

  2. mainly Scot a wild revel

  1. Scot an energetic dance or its tune

Origin of rant

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

Derived forms of rant

  • ranter, noun
  • ranting, adjective, noun
  • rantingly, adverb

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