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gloat

[gloht] /gloʊt/
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.
noun
2.
an act or feeling of gloating.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; perhaps akin to Old Norse glotta to smile scornfully; compare German glotzen to stare
Related forms
gloater, noun
gloatingly, adverb
ungloating, adjective
Synonyms
1. See glare1 .
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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

gloat

/ɡləʊt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
noun
2.
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

gloat

v.

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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