- 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 gloater
Nero was not a great success as an Emperor, but as a gloater he has no rival in history.Remarks
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
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
Word Origin and History for gloater
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."