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Rant (verb)

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To Rant. v.n. [randen, Dutch, to rave.] To rave in violent or high sounding language without proportionable dignity of thought.

Look where my ranting host of the garter comes; there is either liquor in his pate, or money in his purse, when he looks so merrily. Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

Nay, an thoul't mouth, I'll rant as well as thou. Shak.

They have attacked me; some with piteous moans, others grinning and only shewing their teeth, others ranting and hectoring, others scolding and reviling. Stillingfleet.

Sources: Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Stillingfleet, Edward (38)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rant (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 16, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4324.


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