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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.
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  1. an act or feeling of gloating.
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Origin of gloat

1565–75; perhaps akin to Old Norse glotta to smile scornfully; compare German glotzen to stare
Related formsgloat·er, noungloat·ing·ly, adverbun·gloat·ing, adjective


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1. See glare1.
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  • For a full minute he seemed to gloat over the flower-like animal.

  • 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

    Ameen Rihani

  • He expected the other to come round—to gloat over his agony.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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


  1. (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
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  1. the act of gloating
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Derived Formsgloater, noungloatingly, 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 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."

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