\ˈglōt \
gloated; gloating; gloats

Definition of gloat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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



Definition of gloat (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or feeling of one who gloats

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Other Words from gloat


gloater noun
gloatingly adverb

Examples of gloat in a Sentence


After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.

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After Trump’s takedown of Bannon on Wednesday, McConnell and his allies openly gloated. Eliza Collins And Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Feud with Trump imperils Bannon's war on the GOP establishment," 4 Jan. 2018 During a scrimmage pitting the Wolfpack’s starting offense against the starting defense, Finley was sacked by star defensive end Bradley Chubb, who crowed and gloated. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Unique path has North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley ready for what comes next," 22 June 2018 Republicans, meanwhile, were gloating in the run-up to Ellison’s candidacy announcement. Fox News, "DNC official Keith Ellison running for Minnesota AG, may step down from party role," 6 June 2018 His track record — and regular gloating about Justice Neil M. Gorsuch — makes clear this is mostly about wins and about keeping the base intact. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 And the Jay-Z of today seems to have found a way to gloat about his skills in realms typically associated with women. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’," 22 June 2018 The players, especially the seniors, aren’t into gloating about their accomplishments this year. Marc Narducci,, "St. Augustine looking to change recent history in Non-Public A state baseball final," 7 June 2018 The president posted on Twitter supporting Arrington a few hours before polls closed and has since gloated about Sanford’s loss. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Arrington won’t drop out of US House race after crash," 25 June 2018 Paolo DelPiccolo couldn't resist the urge to gloat just a little. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC keeps passing the tests in its U.S. Open Cup run," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Local Golf Fanatic Doesn't Know the Difference Between Weather and Climate," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of gloat


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gloat


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


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English Language Learners Definition of gloat

: to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure


\ˈglōt \
gloated; gloating

Kids Definition of gloat

: 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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