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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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Examples from the web for gloat
  • Re-energised authoritarian regimes gloat over the so-called wisdom of repressive laws and acts.
  • Not with the aim of eventually able to gloat on a big head, but more humbled by the step about how much there is to know.
  • He declines to gloat when his team emerges fresh and potent in the playoffs.
  • But even if the former decides not to stand, the latter has little to gloat about.
  • However straightforward its news articles, its headlines and columnists tend to goad, gloat and cheer.
  • There were no rows of little lights to blink exuberance, no rich beery voice to gloat.
  • The candidates seemed neck and neck and not inclined to gloat.
  • It is never good policy to gloat on another country's misfortunes.
  • He doesn't gloat or count enemies but moves to the next task.
  • The first right-winger to gloat should get booted right out of the tent.
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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