Definition of ran-tanning in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrantanɪŋ/


dialect, historical British, Midlands English
  • The practice of subjecting a husband to public condemnation and humiliation for beating his wife, typically by causing a disturbance outside his house by beating pots and kettles, singing and chanting loudly, etc.; an instance of this.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Reliquary; a depository for precious relics. Apparently from ran-tan + -ing.