\ 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

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 Rudy just ranted through it, so the clip wasn’t even audible. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Giuliani Invents Brilliant Maneuver to Deflect Incriminating Video Clip," 18 May 2018 Wealthy white Manhattan parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools. Karen Matthews, Houston Chronicle, "Carranza stirs controversy in new post with retweet," 28 Apr. 2018 Investigators are looking at online postings ranting against YouTube that appear to be by the woman, a law-enforcement official said. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "YouTube Shooter Appeared to Have Grudge Against the Video Site," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Imagine Stewart gesturing wildly during the beautiful rant that followed, then mock-storming off stage ... Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jon Stewart dropped by S.F., but it felt like he’s been here the whole time," 6 June 2018 Whether the subject is North Korea, Iran, the North American Free Trade Agreement or tariffs, the razzle-dazzle diplomacy of feints, tweets and rants is likely to continue. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Benefits and Risks of Trump’s Dazzle," 28 May 2018 Thanks to his patient lectures and the occasional conservative rant, the Cold War was as much a part of my childhood as wiffle ball or Iron Man comics. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 This led to a couple of breakups and makeups, Taylor developing a possibly too-close relationship with his Reiki instructor, and Taylor's rage-filled rant on the reunion show. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Vanderpump Rules' Jax and Brittany Are Engaged, so Good Luck to Them," 8 June 2018 On Thursday morning, during his stream-of-consciousness rant on Fox & Friends, Trump filled in some missing details about the meeting. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "White House Releases Photos of Mike Pompeo’s Meeting With Kim Jong Un," 26 Apr. 2018 Look no further than the president’s Sunday morning immigrant rant on Twitter, apparently inspired by a Fox News segment. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump is reportedly calling up Fox personalities during White House meetings," 2 Apr. 2018 The one Texas Rangers player who, more than any other, has caused fans to pull out their hair, mutter under their breath, and embark on all-out Twitter cursing rants over the past 15 baseball months is, without question, Rougned Odor. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 July 2018 Iran manager Carlos Queiroz launched into a spectacular 10 minute rant in his post-match press conference after VAR controversially stole the headlines in his side's 1-1 draw with Portugal in the World Cup on Monday. SI.com, "Carlos Queiroz Fumes After He Claims His Iran Side Were Denied Victory Against Portugal By VAR," 26 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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