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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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  • 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

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 gloated

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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