\ ˈrant How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting; rants

Definition of rant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
2 : to scold vehemently

transitive verb

: to utter in a bombastic declamatory fashion



Definition of rant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a bombastic extravagant speech
b : bombastic extravagant language
2 dialectal British : a rousing good time

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Other Words from rant


ranter noun
rantingly \ ˈran-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce rant (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for rant

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rant in a Sentence

Verb “You can rant and rave all you want,” she said, “but it's not going to change things.” He ranted that they were out to get him. Noun after complaining about the hotel's lousy service, the woman went off on another rant about the condition of her room instead of addressing the current crisis, the mayor's speech was a lot of rant emphasizing his accomplishments
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes her brother would rant about bizarre conspiracy theories involving Eric Holder, attorney general during the Obama administration — the impenetrable fantasy world that brought Dowdell to the District in the first place. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2019 Putting aside the irony of using Twitter to rant against an alleged social-media monopoly, Warren’s reaction highlighted a recurring theme of Big Tech antitrust debates. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 Some days later, a protester with rifle armor and an ex-military background would rant at me at great length about Field Manual 3-24. Sarah Jeong, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2020 But even in the best of times, these platforms can be a hell-pit, where relatives rant about the latest political activity and anonymous trolls and bots turn every headline into a hill to die on. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 But the commentary can veer cringe-worthy, as in a scene in which Hibbs’ character rants maniacally in Union Square while brandishing a bottle of whisky, kicking over patio furniture and yelling at extras playing pedestrians. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 1 Mar. 2020 In a series of text messages released by the House Intelligence Committee, Connecticut congressional candidate Robert F. Hyde ranted about then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and appeared to be monitoring her movements in the capital Kiev. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 Jan. 2020 Distraught with the de-coupling of the show's early faves (and Mike's wandering eye), fans of the series took to Twitter to rant about the 24-year-old's perceived disloyalty to Leanne. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Jan. 2020 Two days later, James Carville, Bill Clinton’s former campaign guru, went on Morning Joe to rant about how a Sanders nomination would bring about the apocalypse. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the video rant, Toni reportedly called out the family's physical appearances. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 19 Apr. 2022 Timmia Williams, one of the students in the class, told WNBC that Zlotkin appeared to target Black students during his rant and that Zlotkin assigned an essay to four Black students. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Neither is storming the field/court, but that’s another rant. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 Mark Cuban's Twitter rant about Musk Leave it to fellow straight-shooting billionaire Mark Cuban to sum up his thoughts on Elon Musk’s quest to buy Twitter. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Servant of the People follows a teacher (Zelensky) who unexpectedly becomes president after a rant against corruption goes viral on social media. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 Smyrniotis alleges the mayor’s rant affected his ability to perform his job, the Tribune reported. Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2022 On Friday morning, Landis passed the microphone to a man on stage who launched into a racist rant against Black Lives Matter Plaza, urging the crowd to go into the District and vandalize it. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 Her co-host went on a racist rant during a segment on police brutality, but Valeria’s actions were all caught on-camera (what an idiot!). Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rant


1601, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rant


obsolete Dutch ranten, randen

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“Rant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rant. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrant How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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