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gloat

[ gloht ]
/ gloʊt /
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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.
noun
an act or feeling of gloating.
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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

gloater, noungloat·ing·ly, adverbun·gloat·ing, adjective
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How to use gloat in a sentence

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

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

    Remarks|Bill Nye

British Dictionary definitions for gloat

gloat
/ (ɡləʊt) /

verb
(intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
noun
the act of gloating

Derived forms of gloat

gloater, 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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