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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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  • "I guess we got youse good an' proper at last," said Jake gloatingly.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • Then gloatingly he picked up the fox, hesitated and picked up the rabbit.

  • He looked around him gloatingly and climbed into the little make-believe train, and smiled as he settled back in a seat.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • "About three years, I'm thinking," the sergeant said gloatingly.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Sir Peregrine bent his eyes over them gloatingly, and took them up in his lean fingers.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "It is worth noting that the affair proves our strength," he said gloatingly.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • He was leashed to a vile white dog, loathsomely fat, fiendishly ill-natured, gloatingly intractable toward his despised conductor.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • "That will made the fighting all the better," gloatingly declared Dell.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • Bassanio pleaded with Shylock for Antonios life, but Shylock gloatingly demanded his pound of flesh.

  • He began to plan, gloatingly, the thing he would carve out of a four-inch section of the plastic.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for gloatingly


(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 gloatingly



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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