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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.
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 gloating
  • We're gloating about it, return to spenders, we'll pay your rent.
  • Our enemies are gloating over this incident and using it everywhere to misrepresent our whole nation.
  • The landlord sits down in an armchair, fills a long clay pipe slowly, gloating over the books the while.
  • The lynx flashed past, his fuzzy rear vanishing into the trees, though he did pause to throw one gloating look over his shoulder.
  • It's an ultra league, so he is still gloating about that one.
  • Answer it yes or no before you go gloating about the direction of this thread.
  • Don't expect gloating from either side over the latest ruling in the health care saga, announced over the weekend.
  • Now some of the old guard are gloating over what they see as the dangers of adopting western, market-based practices.
  • Some of the recollections are faintly ironic or gloating.
  • Our leaders' weak response to the crisis worries me more than any amount of gloating by whomever.
British Dictionary definitions for gloating


(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 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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