[ 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.
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 gloatgloat·er, noun
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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
/ (ɡləʊt) /
(intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
the act of gloating
Derived forms of gloatgloater, 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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