\ 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 At a press conference in front of L.A. City Hall, Ayman Ahmed, who was among the last to leave Echo Park after the city fenced it off, went on a rant. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A week later, here’s what happened to some of the homeless people booted from Echo Park," 3 Apr. 2021 After President Donald Trump's toilet rant, efficiency standards rolled back on showers, laundry machines. NBC News, "France's Macron tests positive for Covid-19, U.S. sees deadliest day and a snow day in the Northeast," 17 Dec. 2020 An Oklahoma high school girls basketball team that was subjected to a racist rant from a broadcaster won the 6A state championship on Saturday. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Oklahoma girls basketball team subjected to racist rant wins state championship," 15 Mar. 2021 Alex Cruzado watched each of Mr. Palihapitiya’s CNBC clips after seeing his April 2020 rant. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "When SPAC-Man Chamath Palihapitiya Speaks, Reddit and Wall Street Listen," 6 Mar. 2021 In a five-minute March 2020 rant, Dakich lambasted the firing of the head coach of Scottsburg High, while simultaneously insulting the town and school. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "The recent Twitter spat and 2 other times Dan Dakich's comments got him into hot water," 1 Mar. 2021 Twelve years ago on Friday, Rick Santelli embarked on the rant that launched the Tea Party from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "No One’s Buying the Republicans’ Deficit Fearmongering Anymore," 22 Feb. 2021 In a Twitter rant, the least favorite Trump son threatened to personally end the career of any Republican lawmaker who doesn’t challenge Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote today. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Eric Trump Takes Being A Sore Loser To New, American Psycho Heights," 6 Jan. 2021 But DuVernay also suggested that Cruise gets a pass for the rant as a white male. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Tom Cruise's 'M:I7' rant is a flashpoint in COVID debate as pandemic-weary world tries to go back to work," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 17 Apr. 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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