\ ˈglōt How to pronounce gloat (audio) \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What Tottenham wanted to gloat about in 2015 was the stadium’s capacity: an even 61,000 seats. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Don’t Tell Tottenham Fans: For Spurs’ Future, Look to Arsenal’s Past," 1 Mar. 2019 Be nice, don’t gloat, give hugs, buy rounds of hot chocolate. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "If you really want to stop cheating in college sports, change the rules | Tim Sullivan," 24 Feb. 2018 With a glint in his eye, Vignon couldn't help but gloat. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018 The elder DiNubile and his relatives, meanwhile, have said that Olivieri’s friends have antagonized them, gloating on social media about the 16-year-old’s death and calling for Olivieri to be released from prison. Chris Palmer,, "Tensions boil over as South Philly teen agrees to be tried as adult in killing of two 16-year-olds," 5 June 2018 Over at the Pembrooke, Veronica gloats to her parents that Archie will soon be free, Minetta is going down, and she is not upset at the thought of her parents going down with him. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 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

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

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of gloat was in 1605

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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 How to pronounce gloat (audio) \
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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