Simple Definition of gloat
: to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure
Full Definition of gloat
1 obsolete : to look or glance admiringly or amorously
2 : to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight <gloat over an enemy's misfortune>
Examples of gloat in a sentence
After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.
Origin of gloat
akin to Middle English glouten to scowl and perhaps to Old Norse glotta to grin scornfully
First Known Use: 1605
Definition of gloat
: the act or feeling of one who gloats
First Known Use of gloat
GLOAT Defined for Kids
Definition of gloat for Students
: to talk or think about something with mean or selfish satisfaction <He was determined never to spring a tear for the prince to gloat over. — Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy>
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Spanish Central: Translation of "gloat"
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