Definition of rant in English:


Syllabification: rant
Pronunciation: /rant


[no object]
  • Speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way: she was still ranting on about the unfairness of it all
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    • 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.
    tirade, diatribe, broadside
    literary philippic


rant and rave

Shout and complain angrily and at length.
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  • 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.



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  • 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?




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

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