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


(intransitive) often foll by over. to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
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

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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