\ 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

For Mexico, the president’s threat was a replay of past episodes in which Mr. Trump ranted about the country’s lack of immigration enforcement. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Calls Off Plan to Impose Tariffs on Mexico," 7 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, police say the shooter suspected of killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart confessed to targeting people of Mexican descent and is believed to have written an anti-Hispanic rant before gunning down mostly Latino shoppers. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "False Claims Blur Line Between Mass Shootings, 2020 Politics," 5 Sep. 2019 Many of the articles weren't so much arguments supported by fact, but rants supported by nothing. Fox News, "Washington Post publishes special advertising section pushing 'propaganda' for communist China," 30 Aug. 2019 Recently, adult Disney fans have become the subject of online debate when a mother’s angry rant on social media — about how people without children should be banned from Disney World — went viral. Brittany Woolsey, Daily Pilot, "Grownup Disney fans say the park provides a break from ‘adulting’," 29 Aug. 2019 Send your comments and questions, kudos and rants, to talkback@themmqb.com. Mark Mravic, SI.com, "NFL 100: The Arguments and Debates Behind The MMQB’s Project," 28 Aug. 2019 The suspect also is believed to have written an anti-Hispanic rant before gunning down mostly Latino Walmart shoppers with an AK-47-style rifle. Anita Snow, Twin Cities, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019 The suspect also is believed to have written an anti-Hispanic rant before gunning down mostly Latino Walmart shoppers with an AK-47-style rifle. Anchorage Daily News, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019 At just over an hour, the movie’s not much longer than a typical online rant. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews: Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista in ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’; and more," 3 July 2019 The protections played a huge role in the growth of social media companies, which can allow users to post everything from product reviews to political rants without those companies having to fear legal liability. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Microsoft’s president chides Facebook, urges new approaches to combat weaponization of tech," 8 Sep. 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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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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