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.


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

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

Related Words for gloated

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

Examples from the Web for gloated

Contemporary Examples of gloated

Historical Examples of gloated

  • 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



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


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 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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