\ ˈglōt How to pronounce gloat (audio) \
gloated; gloating; gloats

Definition of gloat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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



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

Verb After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Soon after that vote, this could be all over, with Trump ballyhooing and gloating over the verdict. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Adam Schiff and His Colleagues Did Their Duty in the Trump Impeachment Trial," 25 Jan. 2020 House Democrats were admonished to avoid gloating or displays of celebration as the articles were being read, debated, and voted upon., "Given the near-certain outcome in the Senate, the issues that resulted in the impeachment vote on Wednesday will fold into the ongoing political conflict as the nation heads toward the 2020 presidential election.," 20 Dec. 2019 Treadwell, 24, has earned the right to gloat a bit. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell starting to make most of second chance," 10 Dec. 2019 Brooke crushed the downhill, finishing several minutes before me — and not even gloating about it on camera. oregonlive, "Peak Northwest: We ran Portland’s Wildwood Trail. All 30.2 miles of it. (video)," 27 Nov. 2019 Australian fans can gloat about retaining the trophy, having won it last time. M.j., The Economist, "Against expectations, this year’s Ashes were a slow-burning classic," 17 Sep. 2019 And with so many great deals on Under Armour, your sports style is about to score a touchdown — or a three-pointer — or a moral victory over your still-gloating nephew. CNN Underscored, "Arm yourself for winter workouts with on-sale Under Armour during Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 The Times, citing the lawsuit, reported that Brown allegedly apologized to Taylor after gloating over the first two incidents in messages to her. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Antonio Brown Lashes Out at the NFL: 'No More Making Money Off My Blood and Sweat'," 7 Nov. 2019 Russian officials and media outlets have been touting the U.S. pullback as an indication of Moscow’s growing power in the region, while gloating that Americans have lost clout. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Trump lifts Turkey sanctions, declaring success in Syria as Turkey and Russia fill void," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Having just won his boss a stonking 87-seat majority, Mr Cummings may have been unable to resist a little gloat. The Economist, "Soft target How the Conservatives won the social media campaign," 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, "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 2


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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1 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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