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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ranting and raving
▪ He was still ranting and raving the next morning.
▪ Thompson was ranting about American youth again.
▪ All that is left for a man with only an ageing cohort of supporters, is to rant.
▪ Coach Bill Oates does not rant and rave on the sideline.
▪ She ranted and raved for hours.
▪ She did not rant or rave or otherwise make a spectacle of herself.
▪ The actor is ranting, flinging spittle.
▪ The night staff finally congregated outside my room trying endless combinations of key card whilst I ranted and raved.
▪ When Buck and Ratso go to another greasy spoon, a crazy is ranting in the background.
▪ Wilson let him rant and clutched Pilade to her.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Runt \Runt\, n. [Written also rant.] [Scot. runt an old cow, an old, withered woman, a hardened stem or stalk, the trunk of a tree; cf. D. rund a bullock, an ox or cow, G. rind. Cf. Rother, a.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any animal which is unusually small, as compared with others of its kind; -- applied particularly to domestic animals.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the barb and carrier.

  3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used opprobriously.

    Before I buy a bargain of such runts, I'll buy a college for bears, and live among 'em.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

    Neither young poles nor old runts are durable.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "to be jovial and boisterous," also "to talk bombastically," from Dutch randten (earlier ranten) "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (compare German rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). Related: Ranted; ranting. 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" (also as a verb and adjective); to ride rantipole meant "The woman uppermost in the amorous congress" [Grose].


"boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast; a ranting speech," 1640s, from rant (v.).


n. 1 A criticism done by ranting. 2 A wild, incoherent, emotional articulation. vb. 1 To speak or shout at length in an uncontrollable anger. 2 To criticize by ranting.

  1. n. a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion [syn: harangue, ranting]

  2. pompous or pretentious talk or writing [syn: bombast, fustian, claptrap, blah]

  3. v. talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner [syn: mouth off, jabber, spout, rabbit on, rave]

Rant (novel)

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk released on May 1, 2007.

Rant is told in the form of an oral biography. When the story begins, the reader discovers that the main character, Buster Landru "Rant" Casey, is already deceased. Throughout the book various people discuss their memories of Buster and the world he lived in, presenting stories in an occasionally conflicting timeline.

The paperback edition became a national bestseller in May 2008 and remained on the New York Times Paperback Fiction Bestseller List for six weeks.

Real-life author Victor Turner is briefly quoted as one of the contributors and it has been noted real-life author Chloe Lucero [The Death Of The American Dream] partially inspired the character.


Rant(s) or The Rant(s) may refer to:

Rant (Ian Hunter album)

Rant is the 10th solo of Ian Hunter. Unlike some of his previous albums, Hunter wrote all tracks. It is also his most political album in 25 years.

Rant (The Futureheads album)

Rant is the fifth studio album by Sunderland-based indie rock band The Futureheads. It was released on 2 April 2012 in the United Kingdom. Unlike the band's four previous records, the album was recorded entirely a cappella and features near to none instrumentation apart from vocals. The bonus track 'Hanging Johnny' was included with the digital pre-order release from the band's website, and is 1:18 in length.

Usage examples of "rant".

She ranted like an archwife, and scolded poor Mrs Astley into such a pucker that she fell into strong convulsions, and miscarried.

She wished Blitzkrieg would finish his rant so she could pay proper attention to those very accounts, but she knew from bitter experience that it might take all morning for him to run through his list of gripes.

Malys had ranted and raved, to be sure, but in the end she had stated that any move by Beryl to annex lands beyond Qualinesti would be viewed as a most serious affront to Malys and would be dealt with summarily.

Senator Daschle, whose anti-Bush rant on the Senate floor had been widely viewed as an unseemly meltdown, would soon be losing his job as majority leader.

Fish Wally looked off into the cryptstared a moment at the ranting monologuist, then fixed his gaze on Stilton and sighed.

Has even modern melodrama quite lost that immortal type of the ranting, bombastic tyrant and villain?

Fleurry stood outside, ranting in high dudgeon, but the distance muffled his words.

Lesuperis ranting and raving in his nasal whine, clad in his peacock finery as he strutted circles around the victim of his tirade, and Valleri, so cool, so poised, taking it all with nary a word as he had done from so many others who thought him unworthy of common decency, too smart to be baited into a brawl, too proud to lose his temper.

Then for years he was ranting and raving all over the teevs about some terrible disaster coming in California.

A land that had been thus ever since ringing legend had dwindled into mere history and the thundering rhetoric of mythical heroes had become the ranting and mewling of an interminable list of political leaders in whose wake lay, inevitably, a long tangled skein of unfulfilled promises and broken pacts and treaties.

Yet at other times he was undeniably odd, running about frantically as if trying to escape from some awful pursuer, ranting and raving in what seemed to be a coherent foreign language, though no one could identify it.

The very simplicity of its utterance gave it a chilling quality that no emotional ranting could have done, and Vredech started back in horror.

Sobbing reached Vredech first, then a gradual chorus of awful noises like a ghastly descant: ranting, frantic cursing, shrieking, and a terrible litany of shouted names as people began to search for children and spouses, and whoever else had been with them when they ventured into this awful, narrow chasm.

Cassraw ranting like a mad thing, and all this business over Tirfelden in the Heindral.

The ranting sermon, the trick with the rain, the call to levy the militia .