\ 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 The Times, citing the lawsuit, reported that Brown allegedly apologized to Taylor after gloating over the first two incidents in messages to her. Rachel Desantis,, "What to Know About Antonio Brown Following Rape Allegation, His Trade to the Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 White House An Iranian satellite launch gone wrong prompted Donald Trump to gloat on Twitter—and share an unprecedented example of US spy satellites at work. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What we can learn from the spy satellite image Trump tweeted," 31 Aug. 2019 The best their fans can do is compare resumes since the split, gloating about their team’s successes and basking in the failures of their rival. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "College Football Picks: Can Colorado topple Nebraska at Folsom?," 4 Sep. 2019 But Patricof may have one other recent IPO to gloat about with Quest: luxury consignment retailer The RealReal. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Don't bet against Apple, says tech investing legend Alan Patricof," 9 July 2019 Even players like Aqua, who won the duos tournament, gloated about knocking out Tfue in the solo cup, a good example of how even the best Fortnite players still revere his reputation. Nick Statt, The Verge, "How the Fortnite World Cup could inspire the next Ninja or Tfue," 30 July 2019 Still, the power-haves — gloating with their crisply blowing air-conditioners while power have-nots sweated — set off some grousing. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "How Some New Yorkers Found Bliss in the Blackout," 14 July 2019 His propaganda machine spouts nationalist insults and gloats over Georgia’s impending loss of business from Russian tourists. The Economist, "Russia plays games with Georgia," 6 July 2019 Users, including celebrities, gloated in their victories or lamented their shocking terminations. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How a 19-Year-Old Student Got Us All to Play Beyoncé's Assistant for a Day," 3 July 2019 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 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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11 Oct 2019

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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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