[ gloht ]
See synonyms for: gloatgloating on

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”

synonym study For gloat

1. See glare1.

Other words from gloat

  • gloat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gloat in a sentence

  • As she stood and gloated over this unconscious action of Helen's, the fiendish woman gave utterance to a blood-chilling chuckle.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard
  • Winckelmann gloated over their beauty, for he united the artist's appreciation to the connoisseurship of the archologist.

    Romance of Roman Villas | Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

British Dictionary definitions for gloat


/ (ɡləʊt) /

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

  1. the act of gloating

Origin of gloat

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse glotta to grin, Middle High German glotzen to stare

Derived forms of gloat

  • gloater, noun
  • gloatingly, adverb

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