Definition of rant in English:

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rant

Pronunciation: /rant/

verb

[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.

noun

A spell of ranting; a tirade: his rants against organized religion
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tirade, diatribe, broadside
literary philippic

Phrases

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.

Derivatives

rantingly

adverb

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with rant

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

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Syllabification: rant

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