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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.
  1. an act or feeling of gloating.

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

Synonyms for gloat

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1. See glare1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gloat

crow, rejoice, exult, relish, whoop, celebrate, glory, triumph, vaunt

Examples from the Web for gloat

Contemporary Examples of gloat

  • These leaders, and others who questioned the Politburo's massive gamble are now in a position to gloat over being right.

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    Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza

    Hussein Ibish

    July 25, 2013

  • Parker would dupe customers into buying polyester sweaters he claimed were 100 percent cashmere, then gloat about how easy it was.

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    Partying All the Way to Jail

    Peter Davis

    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.

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    Only the French Would Be Smug About the Recession

    Janine di Giovanni

    December 11, 2008

Historical Examples of gloat

  • 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
  1. the act of gloating
Derived Formsgloater, noungloatingly, adverb

Word Origin for gloat

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper