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gloat

[ gloht ]
/ gloʊt /
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verb (used without object)

to look at or think about with great or excessive, often smug or malicious, satisfaction: The opposing team gloated over our bad luck.

noun

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”
1. See glare1.
gloater, noungloat·ing·ly, adverbun·gloat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gloat

gloat
/ (ɡləʊt) /

verb

(intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation

noun

the act of gloating
gloater, noungloatingly, adverb
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse glotta to grin, Middle High German glotzen to stare
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