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

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Had revenge been all I sought of him, how I might have gloated over his miserable downfall!

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • If he hated her, indeed, as he had supposed, he would have surrendered her and gloated.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Did you never remark their eyes, and how they gloated on you when you passed?

  • Indeed, though I gloated over my fortune, I was not selfish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It's certain that, when we parted that morning, I gloated over it.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • It seemed to me that both of the Laniers gloated over my wretchedness.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • He gloated over his own iniquity; every feature of it rejoiced him.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Deirdrê was the first to see the peering face with the eyes that gloated on her loveliness.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
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."

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