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[gloht] /gloʊt/
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 forms
gloater, noun
gloatingly, adverb
ungloating, adjective
1. See glare1 . Unabridged
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  • How he seemed to gloat over the thought of the terrible fate that awaited his enemies!

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • Think of that, ye who gloat over the sinking of my mortal self.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • She paused to gloat with demoniac enjoyment over the picture her wicked imagination had conjured up.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • He expected the other to come round—to gloat over his agony.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • What have I done to you that you should so gloat over my misery?

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • If a trick had been played them the perpetrators should not gloat over their discomfiture.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Late that night, when Missy had fallen asleep in her improvised bed, the wakeful mother crept in to gloat over her.

British Dictionary definitions for gloat


(intransitive) often foll by over. to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
the act of gloating
Derived Forms
gloater, noun
gloatingly, 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 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."

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