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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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  • How he seemed to gloat over the thought of the terrible fate that awaited his enemies!

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • It is so terrible, Ecciva: I cannot jest, nor gloat on it for news.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • She paused to gloat with demoniac enjoyment over the picture her wicked imagination had conjured up.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • 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
  • What have I done to you that you should so gloat over my misery?

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • It is to be hoped, dear reader, that you are not of that kind who love to gloat over horrors.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • Late that night, when Missy had fallen asleep in her improvised bed, the wakeful mother crept in to gloat over her.

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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