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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


1. See glare1.
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  • He gloated over the words, and tapped his pocket as he repeated them.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Had revenge been all I sought of him, how I might have gloated over his miserable downfall!

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • If he hated her, indeed, as he had supposed, he would have surrendered her and gloated.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Did you never remark their eyes, and how they gloated on you when you passed?

  • Indeed, though I gloated over my fortune, I was not selfish.

British Dictionary definitions for gloated


  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 gloated



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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