verb (used without object)
Origin of gloat
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.
Parker would dupe customers into buying polyester sweaters he claimed were 100 percent cashmere, then gloat about how easy it was.
In 1998, when they took the coveted World Cup in soccer against Brazil, the worst part of the victory was watching them gloat.
They are sick who gloat over news of victories and see conquered miles of territory rise resplendent above mounds of corpses.Men in War|Andreas Latzko
He dropped his newspaper and sprang up from his chair to put his arms about her and gloat over her beauty.The Squirrel-Cage|Dorothy Canfield
Indeed, he seemed to gloat on the charms of those terrestrial deities with ecstacy!Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.|Pierce Egan
She used to gloat on me with increasing ardor the more my strength and spirits waned.Carmilla|J. Sheridan LeFanu
If a trick had been played them the perpetrators should not gloat over their discomfiture.The Carroll Girls|Mabel Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for gloat
Word Origin for gloat
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."