gloat

[gloht]
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.
noun
  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
Related formsgloat·er, noungloat·ing·ly, adverbun·gloat·ing, adjective

Synonyms for gloat

1. See glare1.
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Examples from the Web for gloater

Historical Examples of gloater

  • Nero was not a great success as an Emperor, but as a gloater he has no rival in history.

    Remarks

    Bill Nye

  • Captain Quinnox glided into the room behind the Prince and gently closed the door, unnoticed by the gloater.

    Graustark

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • I sit there and gloat until by rights I ought to be required to take out a gloater's license.

    Cobb's Anatomy

    Irvin S. Cobb


British Dictionary definitions for gloater

gloat

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

gloat

v.

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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