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gloat

[gloht] /gloʊt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to look at or think about with great or excessive, often smug or malicious, satisfaction:
The opposing team gloated over our bad luck.
noun
2.
an act or feeling of gloating.
Origin of gloat
1565-1575
1565-75; perhaps akin to Old Norse glotta to smile scornfully; compare German glotzen to stare
Related forms
gloater, noun
gloatingly, adverb
ungloating, adjective
Synonyms
1. See glare1 .
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  • For a full minute he seemed to gloat over the flower-like animal.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • And now I'm going to write to your sister May and gloat over her.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Think of that, ye who gloat over the sinking of my mortal self.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He expected the other to come round—to gloat over his agony.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • If a trick had been played them the perpetrators should not gloat over their discomfiture.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • It is so terrible, Ecciva: I cannot jest, nor gloat on it for news.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • I have kept it to gloat over it, as a slave might over his ‘free papers.’

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for gloat

gloat

/ɡləʊt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
noun
2.
the act of gloating
Derived Forms
gloater, noun
gloatingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse glotta to grin, Middle High German glotzen to stare
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Word Origin and History for gloat
v.

1570s, "to look at furtively," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse glotta "to grin, smile scornfully, show the teeth," Swedish dialectal glotta "to peep;" or from Middle High German glotzen "to stare, gape." Sense of "to look at with malicious satisfaction" first recorded 1748. Related: Gloated; gloating. As a noun, from 1640s with sense of "side-glance;" 1899 as "act of gloating."

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