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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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  • 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

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 gloating

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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