Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To speak or write in an angry or violent manner; rave.
  • transitive v. To utter or express with violence or extravagance: a dictator who ranted his vitriol onto a captive audience.
  • n. Violent or extravagant speech or writing.
  • n. A speech or piece of writing that incites anger or violence: "The vast majority [of teenagers logged onto the Internet] did not encounter recipes for pipe bombs or deranged rants about white supremacy” ( Daniel Okrent).
  • n. Chiefly British Wild or uproarious merriment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A criticism done by ranting.
  • n. A wild, incoherent, emotional articulation.
  • v. To speak or shout at length in an uncontrollable anger.
  • v. To criticize by ranting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. High-sounding language, without importance or dignity of thought; boisterous, empty declamation; bombast.
  • intransitive v. To rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without dignity of thought; to be noisy, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To speak or declaim violently and with little sense; rave: used of both the matter and the manner of utterance, or of either alone: as, a ranting preacher or actor.
  • To be jovial or jolly in a noisy way; make noisy mirth.
  • n. Boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast.
  • n. A ranting speech; a bombastic or boisterous utterance.
  • n. The act of frolicking; a frolic; a boisterous merrymaking, generally accompanied with dancing.
  • n. A kind of dance, or the music to which it was danced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pompous or pretentious talk or writing
  • v. talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  • n. a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete Dutch ranten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch ranten, randen ("talk nonsense, rave"). (Wiktionary)

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