- 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 gloat
These leaders, and others who questioned the Politburo's massive gamble are now in a position to gloat over being right.Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza
July 25, 2013
Parker would dupe customers into buying polyester sweaters he claimed were 100 percent cashmere, then gloat about how easy it was.Partying All the Way to Jail
December 21, 2009
In 1998, when they took the coveted World Cup in soccer against Brazil, the worst part of the victory was watching them gloat.Only the French Would Be Smug About the Recession
Janine di Giovanni
December 11, 2008
For a full minute he seemed to gloat over the flower-like animal.The Bacillus of Beauty
And now I'm going to write to your sister May and gloat over her.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
Think of that, ye who gloat over the sinking of my mortal self.The Book of Khalid
He expected the other to come round—to gloat over his agony.Tales of Unrest
If a trick had been played them the perpetrators should not gloat over their discomfiture.The Carroll Girls
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
Word Origin and History for gloat
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."