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gloat

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verb \ˈglōt\

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. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to look or glance admiringly or amorously

  3. 2 :  to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight <gloat over an enemy's misfortune>

gloat·er noun
gloat·ing·ly adverb

Examples of gloat

  1. 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


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gloat

noun

Definition of gloat

  1. :  the act or feeling of one who gloats



1899

First Known Use of gloat

1899


Learn More about gloat

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "gloat"


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