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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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  • Harry and Dalton stood by for a half minute and gloated with him.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He gloated over the sufferings of those who were of his own flesh and blood.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • We sorted and gloated like hungry tigers that in the ecstasy of possession merely lick their food.

  • Taddy gloated on his enemy, and began to pick up again from that hour.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • He gloated over this monstrous idea, telling himself that in this way, whatever happened, he would glut his desire for revenge.

  • He gloated over the words, and tapped his pocket as he repeated them.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • So next morning we gloated over the thought of the sell that porter was in for, and Dicky was more deeply gloating than any one.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Had revenge been all I sought of him, how I might have gloated over his miserable downfall!

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • How I gloated over the idea, that I would take the plague from her, resolved never to ask her consent.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for gloated


(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 gloated



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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