From Dutch ranten, randen (“to talk nonsense, rave”), from Middle Dutch ranten (“to rant, babble, goof around”), of uncertain origin; but apparently related to Middle High German ranzen (“to dance, jump around, frolic”), German ranzen (“to be ardent, be in heat, copulate, mate, ramble, join up”).
- To speak or shout at length in uncontrollable anger.
- To disseminate one's own opinions in a—typically—one-sided, strong manner.
- Harry was ranting about his boss again, but nobody paid any attention.
- To criticize by ranting.
- (dated) To speak extravagantly, as in merriment.
- To dance rant steps.
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rant (plural rants)
- A criticism done by ranting.
- A wild, emotional, and sometimes incoherent articulation.
- A type of dance step usually performed in clogs, and particularly (but not exclusively) associated with the English North West Morris tradition. The rant step consists of alternately bringing one foot across and in front of the other and striking the ground, with the other foot making a little hop.
- “rant”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “rant”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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- rant in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- rant in Polish dictionaries at PWN