- 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
Synonyms for gloat
Examples from the Web for gloatingly
Historical Examples of gloatingly
"I guess we got youse good an' proper at last," said Jake gloatingly.The Walking Delegate
Then gloatingly he picked up the fox, hesitated and picked up the rabbit.The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp
Thornton W. Burgess
"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
"That will made the fighting all the better," gloatingly declared Dell.Wells Brothers
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
Word Origin for gloat
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."