gloat

verb
\ 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

gloat

noun

Definition of gloat (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or feeling of one who gloats

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Other words from gloat

Verb

gloater noun
gloatingly adverb

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: Verb

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, Philly.com, "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 Many on social media took Steele’s departure from NBA Countdown last year as a reason to gloat. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Sage Steele, Kevin Negandhi are new anchors for ESPN's 6 p.m. 'SportsCenter'," 11 May 2018 Buy Photo Fans and athletes took to social media to express their excitement over Villanova University’s win in the NCAA championship and, of course, to gloat. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Bloody Marys, Tom Brady and SNL: Social media reacts to Villanova's win," 3 Apr. 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

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gloat

Verb

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

Noun

see gloat entry 1

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The first known use of gloat was in 1605

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gloat

verb

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

gloat

verb
\ 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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