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 gloating

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

Examples from the Web for gloating

Contemporary Examples of gloating

Historical Examples of gloating

  • The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Don't stand there gloating, Jim—get moving," the brown native said.

    Be It Ever Thus

    Robert Moore Williams

  • “The young are always full of fun,” she said as if she were gloating over the idea.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Wall, hit shor' appeared like hit ter me," was the gloating answer.


    Eliot H. Robinson

  • Narth leaned forward, his face shining with the malice of his gloating.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for gloating



(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 gloating



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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