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rant Syllabification: rant

Definition of rant in English:


[no object]
Speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way: she was still ranting on about the unfairness of it all
More example sentences
  • Among other topics we discussed, she ranted about some of the things my stepdad does that drive her nuts.
  • I ranted at length about this in an article published earlier this year in Bermuda's daily newspaper.
  • I remember writing a letter to the editor, where I ranted about the state of literature in this country.


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A spell of ranting; a tirade: his rants against organized religion
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  • He embarks on a rant about a late Evening Standard critic and fiddles with his lighter to calm down.
  • As long as their rants were confined to forums and poorly organised rallies, no one really cared.
  • As it's already been pointed out, this latest diatribe is even less logical than his previous rants.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'behave in a boisterous way'): from Dutch ranten 'talk nonsense, rave'.


rant and rave

Shout and complain angrily and at length.
Example sentences
  • I began to rant and rave angrily, in a loud voice.
  • ‘You can't rant and rave; you can't scream and put people in shock, though I have worked with directors who do that and it's pretty scary,’ Garry says.
  • I could rant and rave about it but that wouldn't make a difference.



Pronunciation: /ˈran(t)ər/
Example sentences
  • Smith is not a grumpy, incomprehensible ranter.
  • It's hard to imagine any rocker, ranter or raver that won't be moved by the footage of the last gig the Pistols ever played in England, a holiday benefit for the children of striking firemen.
  • Do we really want a prime minister who falls back on the inflammatory language of the right-wing ranter?



Words that rhyme with rant

ant, Brabant, Brandt, brant, cant, enceinte, extant, gallant, Kant, levant, pant, pointe, pointes, scant

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