\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

In the uproar that followed, additional clips surfaced of Schlossberg engaged in other rants and a complaint was filed against him with a lawyers' disciplinary committee. Deepti Hajela, Fox News, "Lawyer in video rant over Spanish speakers apologizes," 22 May 2018 In the uproar that followed, additional clips surfaced of Schlossberg engaged in other public rants and a complaint was filed with a lawyers’ disciplinary committee. Washington Post, "Lawyer in video rant over Spanish speakers apologizes," 22 May 2018 Comedian, actor and playwright Lewis Black will be making his way to the Louisville Palace with his rants and raves at 8 p.m. on March 10. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Comedian and actor Lewis Black headed to the Louisville Palace," 25 Oct. 2017 She and the other children spent eight hours a day working under the blistering sun with gun-toting guards watching her every move, while Jones’ paranoid, delusional rants played on the compound’s loudspeaker. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Mock Suicide Drills, Child Labor and Armed Guards: Inside Jonestown in the Days Before Mass Poisoning," 11 June 2018 Modern tennis, despite the occasional rant at a line judge or Andre Agassi circa his long hair days aside, isn’t a sport known for an insurrection. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition," 12 July 2018 His rant came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New Jersey law prohibiting such wagering. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Without sports betting, Louisiana is a 'laughing stock': Sen. Danny Martiny," 15 May 2018 But then Groce joined in the meltdown proceedings as something triggered a sudden ill-advised rant from the Zips coach that led to the first of two technical fouls against Akron. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "Is a Buffalo-Arizona State matchup coming? -- NCAA Tournament 2018 (photos)," 11 Mar. 2018 Each stop was part Trump rally, part standup show, part PowerPoint deck, and part bigoted rant. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016

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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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