- to look at or think about with great or excessive, often smug or malicious, satisfaction: The opposing team gloated over our bad luck.
- an act or feeling of gloating.
Origin of gloat
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Examples from the Web for gloated
Crazy people who gloated about my being uninsured, and afflicted by an autoimmune disease.The Non-Problem that ObamaCare Didn't Fix
September 19, 2012
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
If he hated her, indeed, as he had supposed, he would have surrendered her and gloated.The Sea-Hawk
Did you never remark their eyes, and how they gloated on you when you passed?Masterpieces of Mystery
Indeed, though I gloated over my fortune, I was not selfish.Tales of Fishes
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
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."