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gloated; gloating; gloats

intransitive verb

: to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight
gloat over an enemy's misfortune
obsolete : to look or glance admiringly or amorously
gloater noun
gloatingly adverb


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: the act or feeling of one who gloats

Examples of gloat in a Sentence

Verb After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.
Recent Examples on the Web
Kimberly Gilbert brings verve to Volumnia, Coriolanus’s mother, whose gloating over her son’s combat wounds underscores the culture’s destructive obsession with war and honor. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Putin has taken to gloating about Russia’s resistance to international sanctions, which take time to have an effect. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 Bomer isn’t one to gloat about his success or complain that Hollywood still seems to be catching up to him, however. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 2 Jan. 2024 The video obtained by WFAA shows Reed standing over his cellmate, who is on the ground apparently in pain as Reed gloats. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Feb. 2024 As the tide turned in the Chiefs’ favor, and the 49ers supporters grew sullen, our crew didn’t gloat. Michael MacCambridge, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Macchiarini himself comes to gloat in Ana’s face, adding the absolutely horrifying — but completely unsurprising — information that Yulia went through with the surgery after all. Vulture, 21 Dec. 2023 Hamas, in a statement Wednesday, gloated over Israel’s combat losses. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Fresh off playing table-table tennis on a damp Saturday in Lollapalooza’s backstage area this past July, Perry Farrell is in the mood to gloat. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023
Not bad for an offense that just a few weeks ago was thought to be searching for an identity, but Taylor didn’t gloat. Michael Niziolek, cleveland, 24 Oct. 2022 Continue reading … ‘A FLOP’ - MSNBC, CNN, ABC and more gloat over Sussmann acquittal and cast doubt on Durham probe. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 2 June 2022 But Democrats shouldn’t fear, nor Republicans gloat, that this means the end of the Biden agenda. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The person who finds the pickle gets to open the first present, and gloat about it until the next year. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2020 Having just won his boss a stonking 87-seat majority, Mr Cummings may have been unable to resist a little gloat. The Economist, 18 Jan. 2020 That vacation gloat so many of us succumb to on social media has trickled upward, as the president made a sort-of joke about how a little global warming might actually be appreciated for those Americans enduring the cold temperatures. Kaitlin Menza, Esquire, 29 Dec. 2017

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Word History


Verb and Noun

akin to Middle English glouten to scowl and perhaps to Old Norse glotta to grin scornfully

First Known Use


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gloat was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Gloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to gaze at or think about something with great satisfaction or joy
gloating over their enemy's loss
gloater noun

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