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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.
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  1. 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
Related formsgloat·er, noungloat·ing·ly, adverbun·gloat·ing, adjective


1. See glare1.
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Examples from the Web for gloatingly

Historical Examples

  • "I guess we got youse good an' proper at last," said Jake gloatingly.

    The Walking Delegate

    Leroy Scott

  • Then gloatingly he picked up the fox, hesitated and picked up the rabbit.

  • "About three years, I'm thinking," the sergeant said gloatingly.

    The Sheriff of Badger

    George B. Pattullo

  • "It is worth noting that the affair proves our strength," he said gloatingly.

    The Coast of Adventure

    Harold Bindloss

  • "That will made the fighting all the better," gloatingly declared Dell.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for gloatingly


  1. (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
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  1. the act of gloating
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Derived Formsgloater, noungloatingly, adverb

Word Origin

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 gloatingly



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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