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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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  • The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "Don't stand there gloating, Jim—get moving," the brown native said.

    Be It Ever Thus Robert Moore Williams
  • “The young are always full of fun,” she said as if she were gloating over the idea.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • "Wall, hit shor' appeared like hit ter me," was the gloating answer.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Narth leaned forward, his face shining with the malice of his gloating.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Mr. Leary could picture the rows upon rows of gloating eyes.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • I left him gloating over his windfall, and plunged into haberdashery.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
British Dictionary definitions for gloating


(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 gloating



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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