\ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The Battle of Portland," 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, "How to read the news without doom scrolling through social media," 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, "Skier shreds SF’s hills in new film, ‘The Kook’," 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, "If America treats its friends like this, it might not have them much longer," 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, "If You Think You Fancy Mike Boateng From Love Island, Just Wait Till You See His Brothers," 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, "Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem," 12 Feb. 2020 The First Amendment is not just a permission slip to rant on a street corner. Luke Wachob, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 1983 Cubs, alas, are a mere footnote in franchise history and would be totally forgotten without the Elia rant. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Another Lee Elia Day reminds us of how bad the Chicago Cubs are once again," 29 Apr. 2021 And the rant was actually a wedding speech about his one that got away: the 2020 election. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Donald & Melania Trump Have New Jobs Giving Wedding Speeches," 5 Apr. 2021 The claim says that during the rant, Stokes called the school principal, who immediately called Newman and told her that her video was still on. NBC News, "Teacher goes on racist rant, not realizing Zoom was on, mother of Black child says," 1 Apr. 2021 The unusual rant was posted to LiveATC, a website for aviation radio enthusiasts. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines pilot caught in expletive-filled rant over California about liberals, Hyundai drivers," 25 Mar. 2021 And USA Today has a story about an English teacher at San Marcos High School near San Diego who went viral with a Zoom rant to students, complaining about parents who are unhappy with virtual school. Sonja Sharp Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "8 to 3: Tents, tutoring and armies of child-care workers — inside LAUSD’s extended-day program," 12 Apr. 2021 Megan Rapinoe blasts Draymond Green's rant about women's sports. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Wine Country mayor accused of sexual assaults," 8 Apr. 2021 The Good Morning Britain presenter actually walked off the set ten minutes into the show on Tuesday as one of his co-hosts, Alex Beresford, gave a thoughtful response to Morgan’s rant against Meghan Markle yesterday. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Piers Morgan Walks Off Good Morning Britain During Meghan Markle Conversation," 9 Mar. 2021 Gilles' June 22 Facebook rant about Lenin Gutierrez prompted an outpouring of money and support for the barista. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Masks required: Woman, who shamed a Starbucks barista over mask request, sues creator of a GoFundMe campaign," 5 Mar. 2021

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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