- 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
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Examples from the Web for gloating
He stands over the body, gloating, and then demanding a full confession.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most Gruesome Deaths: From The Mountain’s Exploding Head Kill to Rat Torture
June 4, 2014
After we finish laughing malevolently and gloating sometime in December, would it change things in the actual world?The Blowout Scenario Following a Possible Obama Landslide
October 1, 2012
Indeed, the recent economic setbacks have provoked an unseemly amount of gloating on the part of many in the developing world.India's Dangerous Response to the Meltdown
Dr. Shashi Tharoor
November 9, 2008
The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.Within the Law
"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
"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
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
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."