\ 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

But, in an embarrassing gaffe live on air with talkSPORT, the ex-Burnley midfielder ranted about the 30-year-old's lack of international experience - despite Dembele having been capped 72 times. SI.com, "Joey Barton Embarrassingly Claims Belgium's Mousa Dembele Should Replace Paul Pogba in French Squad," 20 Feb. 2018 Look at old pictures and videos of each other and start ranting about the moment in the photo. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "40 Things You Only Do With Your Best Friend," 15 Apr. 2019 The independence from Trump’s perspective was welcome, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean its brand of conservatism was any better than that of the ranting demagogue. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Weekly Standard’s demise is a reminder that there are some ideas worse than Trumpism," 5 Dec. 2018 Later in the set Vedder started to rant again, before performing the topical Vs. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder Protest Trump and 'Inhumane' Border Policy During Live Shows," 20 June 2018 Other public figures use the platform as a place to rant, or to shill for the highest bidder; Hathaway, on the other hand, does not in fact post anything herself. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Ideally Trump would stop ranting about Mueller and the ‘witch hunt’ and turn his attention to his duties. Paul Thornton, latimes.com, "Syria can be stopped — only if we're willing to go to war," 14 Apr. 2018 In a manifesto published before his death, Harper-Mercer rambled about being a virgin, glorified other killers and ranted about black men. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Two Oregon men land on list of 'alt-right killers'," 7 Feb. 2018 In a cryptic 4th of July tweet, Cohen shared a video of Donald Trump ranting about Cohen. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Sacha Baron Cohen Reignites Old Feud With New Donald Trump-Themed Project," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clad in his red MAGA hat, Ye went on a nearly 10-minute rant that covered everything from North Korea and gang violence in Chicago to bipolar disorder and alternate universes (yes, really). Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West Rants About Cheating America at the White House When Some Yeezys Were Made in China," 17 Oct. 2018 In Florida, a woman went on a racist rant that went viral about an employee whose command of the English language didn't satisfy her. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Watch: Unhappy customer at Happy Nails in Missouri wrecks the salon. Police need tips," 25 June 2018 On Tuesday, May 29, ABC made the swift decision to cancel the Roseanne reboot after its star Rosanne Barr went on a racist Twitter rant that compared Valerie Jarrett, a former Barack Obama aide, to an ape. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Cast Members and Celebrities Are Praising the Decision to Cancel Roseanne," 29 May 2018 Most Read Life Stories Submitted by Seattle Times readers The Seattle Times publishes reader rants and raves on a space-available basis. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Cab driver navigates through downtown obstacles," 13 Apr. 2019 Aaron Schlossberg, the lawyer who went viral last week after going on a racist rant and threatening to call immigration enforcement on Spanish-speaking workers in a New York City restaurant, has issued an apology. Mahita Gajanan, Fortune, "'I Am Not a Racist.' New York Lawyer Who Threatened to Call ICE on Restaurant Offers Apology," 22 May 2018 Check out 9th Wonder's Twitter rant in its entirety below. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "9th Wonder Defends Bruno Mars Amid Cultural Appropriation Claims: 'We Have Vibranium... Should We Keep It in Wakanda?'," 12 Mar. 2018 The rant was posted on both the station's Facebook page and YouTube channel last Thursday afternoon and has since hit viral status — with over 1.8K reactions on Facebook, plus 557,257 views and counting on YouTube. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Grand Rapids meteorologist rants about Michigan weather forecast," 14 Apr. 2018 For an example of what Manne was talking about, look no further than a now-famous rant delivered by Sen. Lindsey Graham during his time allotted to questioning Kavanaugh during the hearing. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 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 How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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