\ ˈrant \
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 \ adverb

Synonyms for rant

Synonyms: Verb

bluster, fulminate, huff, rave, spout

Synonyms: Noun

diatribe, harangue, jeremiad, philippic, tirade

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Examples of rant in a Sentence


“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.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other public figures use the platform as a place to rant, or to shill for the highest bidder; Hathaway, on the other hand, does not in fact post anything herself. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Ideally Trump would stop ranting about Mueller and the ‘witch hunt’ and turn his attention to his duties. Paul Thornton, latimes.com, "Syria can be stopped — only if we're willing to go to war," 14 Apr. 2018 In a manifesto published before his death, Harper-Mercer rambled about being a virgin, glorified other killers and ranted about black men. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Two Oregon men land on list of 'alt-right killers'," 7 Feb. 2018 In a cryptic 4th of July tweet, Cohen shared a video of Donald Trump ranting about Cohen. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Sacha Baron Cohen Reignites Old Feud With New Donald Trump-Themed Project," 5 July 2018 And another Post report describe Whitaker being in the room while Trump ranted about Mueller. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s dishonest, incoherent defense of naming Matt Whitaker acting attorney general," 9 Nov. 2018 Many people — myself included — have taken the time to rant about how Apple refuses to put USB-C on the iPhone. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Adding USB-C to the iPad isn’t enough to fix Apple’s messy port strategy," 31 Oct. 2018 Readers rant about driving traffic reporters, rave about PBS promotion RANT To the early-morning weekday newscast that has a reporter and driver traversing around the area telling us how traffic is flowing. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Educational, entertaining public TV," 14 Sep. 2018 Attorney Aaron Schlossberg has come under fire for a video that shows him ranting against Spanish-speaking employees at Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday. Thom Leavy, CBS News, "Campaign sends mariachi band to home of lawyer who went on tirade," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Cantone, like some others who encountered Cruz's rants over the years, never reported the alarming encounter to authorities. Nicholas Nehamas And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "‘I can go shoot them.’ Another threat from Parkland school shooter went ignored.," 11 July 2018 Rather than conveying a series of bland thank-yous, Stone went off on a rant about U.S. government drug policy. Larry Dobrow, Woman's Day, "10 Worst Award Acceptance Speeches," 25 Feb. 2013 There's been a lot happening with the Kardashian-Jenner clan this year (multiple babies, a secret pregnancy, concerning Kanye rants, a few birthdays), but Khloé Kardashian's had a particularly rough go of it. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Live-Tweeted Last Night's KUWTK Episode About Tristan Thompson," 5 Nov. 2018 Since taking over Deciem’s Instagram in January, Mr. Truaxe often posted rants against employees and competitors or attacked fans. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Judge Strips Founder of Deciem Skin-Care Brand of CEO Title, Board Seat," 12 Oct. 2018 Online, folks were rejoicing over the hilarious rant, and particularly loving the fact that Meghan couldn't control her laughter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Completely Lost It Over Whoopi Goldberg's Epic Rant on Thursday," 30 Nov. 2018 Steak-umm’s recent rant isn’t the only time the company has won brand Twitter by capturing our collective angst. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "What happens when processed meat slices stop being polite ... and start getting real.," 28 Sep. 2018 For a Twitter user named Amanda Blount, however, Jones’s latest rant was just the inspiration needed for the viral hashtag of the summer. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "‘No place to recharge my Kindle’: Letters imagine the front lines of America’s ‘second civil war’," 3 July 2018 Sure, a Belichick rant is typical of the Patriot Way. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "As Tom Brady returns to practice, Patriots QB falls short of Bill Belichick's standards," 5 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and in a way that shows anger : to complain in a way that is unreasonable


\ ˈrant \
ranted; ranting

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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excited commotion or publicity

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