\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

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 Viral racist rant: Thursday edition New York attorney Aaron Schlossberg didn’t do his law firm any good by ranting about Spanish-speaking restaurant workers. USA TODAY, "Tiara's on. Telly's tuned. The royal wedding hoopla is almost over," 17 May 2018 A few years ago, in California, an ex-cop entered my home with a video camera, waving mug shots and ranting about gangland killings. Greg Burton, azcentral, "Threats and attacks on journalists aren't rare. They also don't deter us.," 30 June 2018 Giuliani ranted, referring to the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Rudy Giuliani wants a Saturday Night Massacre. Will Trump comply?," 15 June 2018 Jones ranted in a series of YouTube videos posted in May about the judge, counselor and prominent forensic psychiatrist in the case. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Possible intended target in Ariz. murder spree: “I knew what the connection was"," 6 June 2018 Upset at a call (what else?), Troicki ranted and raved for four minutes. Chris Chase, For The Win, "16 biggest meltdowns in tennis history," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, who in the 1920s distributed half a million copies of anti-Jewish rants, was among the group’s members. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 We’ve been asked to accept a president who’d rather send Twitter rants in the middle of the night than hold a press conference. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Phoebe Robinson Wrote a Manifesto to Help Us Cope with the Dumpster Fire We’re Living In," 17 Oct. 2018 Almost immediately after the shooter’s identity was revealed by media outlets, screenshots of his profile on Gab appeared, revealing a slew of anti-Semitic rants. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 Their gripes were popular gripes — backyard barbecue rants about participation trophies for everyone. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018 Side effects may include racist rants, paranoia and loss of job. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Ambien maker has a message for Roseanne Barr: 'Racism is not a known side effect'," 30 May 2018 Congratulations to Maxine Waters, whose crazy rants have made her, together with Nancy Pelosi, the unhinged FACE of the Democrat Party. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Maxine Waters brushes off alleged threats, vows to 'Impeach 45'," 30 June 2018 There is talk of impeachment and a long rant about media privacy invasion that plays like a two-decade-old festering wound. Sarah Weinman, Bloomberg.com, "Bill Clinton Is Bungling His Publicity Tour. But … How’s the Book?," 5 June 2018 Inspired by a half-joking suggestion from a rant on Facebook, Briley Meeks of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, sealed up a pair of catfish in a cooler and shipped them off to Toronto. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "An Angry Predators Fan Mailed the NHL Office Some Catfish," 5 Apr. 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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