\ 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 rantingly (audio) \ 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

Breivik ranted about Europe being overrun by Muslim immigrants and blamed left-wing political forces for making the continent multicultural. NBC News, "Suspect in Norway mosque attack smirks through bruised face in court," 12 Aug. 2019 Black San Diego has its roots with one of Green’s rants about what wasn’t going on in her community. Cheryl Morrow, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Olivia Green," 8 July 2019 In between ranting about Fashion Nova knocking off her Mugler dress and misquoting the City Girls to defend scorned sister Khloé Kardashian, Kanye West's wife decided to take legal action against Missguided. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Won $2.7 Million From Suing Missguided For Knockoffs," 5 July 2019 Others cited Trump’s rants against immigrants and people of color who have criticized him. Melissa Gomezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Equinox gym protest in West Hollywood over owner’s Trump fundraiser," 9 Aug. 2019 In the first episode, fiery communications expect Michelle Vargas (The Flash’s Jessica Camacho) rants about how anyone older than 27 is a coward and expresses admiration for the 27 Club. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Another Life starts as Arrival, then turns into Star Trek," 23 July 2019 His online rants lack substance and contain an inappropriate number of personal attacks that are unhealthy for this nation. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Colorado Congressmen and women must decry Trump’s racist tweets," 18 July 2019 And Democrats scream for impeachment while refusing to abandon their precious yet discredited theory that Trump colluded with Russia; even while ranting hysterically over the president’s attempts to control the porous southern border with Mexico. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: AG Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 19 June 2019 But the embedded video of Sean Hannity ranting about the investigation leaves little doubt about how Manafort’s friends feel about Mueller. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Manafort Is Having Trouble Paying His Bills — Now You Can Help," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the Yankees threw another severe temper tantrum Saturday, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field in a 6-5 win over the Indians. Ben Walker, courant.com, "Boone, Gardner, Yanks hammer umps in 6-5 win over Indians," 17 Aug. 2019 In colorful and paranoid far-right rants, Mr. Moura accused feminists, teachers and mainstream politicians of waging vast conspiracies. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "How YouTube Radicalized Brazil," 11 Aug. 2019 Three were even born in the U.S., but Trump isn’t about to let stubborn facts get in the way of a good rant. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Will Donald Trump’s ‘go back’ racial strategy backfire?," 2 Aug. 2019 Rather than bite his tongue and brush the remarks aside, Keegan went on a rant and there was no holding back. SI.com, "10 Iconic Football Catchphrases That Could Be Trademarked," 31 July 2019 Their racist rant came three days after Trump began his attacks on Omar and three of her fellow Democratic congresswomen—Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “What a Crowd, and What Great People”," 21 July 2019 Honolulu-- An Oahu man recently convicted for his role in a violent 2016 road rage incident delivered a bizarre, racially-charged rant during a sentencing hearing Monday — while wearing blackface, reports CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV. CBS News, "Road rage attacker wears blackface in racist courtroom rant," 2 July 2019 Boone got fired up at rookie umpire Brennan Miller in a profane second-inning rant, and New York awoke from a sleepy start to rally past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 in the opener of a doubleheader sweep Thursday. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "‘Savages’ sweep: Boone’s rant sparks Yankees over Rays in DH," 19 July 2019 There have been letters to the editor, editorials, social media rants, Facebook groups, community coalitions formed, and news stories produced. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage is doing more than ever to clear homeless camps, but many residents think the problem has never been worse. What’s really going on?," 21 June 2019

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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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The first known use of rant was in 1601

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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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