Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  2. (noun, communication) pompous or pretentious talk or writing
  3. (verb, communication) talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

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Origin of the word Rant

  1. 1598, from Du. randten "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (cf. Ger. rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). The noun is first attested 1649, from the verb. Ranters "antinomian sect which arose in England c.1645" is attested from 1651; applied 1823 to early Methodists. A 1700 slang dictionary has rantipole "a rude wild Boy or Girl." more

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