A prolonged or repeated cry or utterance; a long string of words; a rhyme, a song.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). Origin uncertain; perhaps from Scottish Gaelic rán shout, roar. Scottish Gaelic rann has also been compared.
no object To wail or complain incessantly or repeatedly; to utter a continuous noise. Also with object: to utter (something) repeatedly, to recite (something).
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. Origin uncertain; perhaps from rane.