Definition of gloat
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
Examples of gloat in a Sentence
After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.
Recent Examples of gloat from the Web
A familiar golf postmortem ensued, mourning over missed putts and gloating over prodigious drives.
As is his custom at these neverending-campaign events, the president of the United States shaded the media, gloated about his five-month-old tenure and, in a new twist, droopped some hip-hop flavor into the proceedings.
But much like Trump himself, Breitbart News may have expended too much energy on gloating.
Others cannot help but gloat at May’s difficulties.
After hauling in the catch, Parker immediately got in cornerback Byron Maxwell’s face — facemask to facemask — and gloated.
What ensued was a dispute over the difference between a throw and a roll, between gloating and merely celebrating a victory.
After the 2016 election, Donald Trump and Republicans gloated that the Democratic Party was in its worse shape since the 1920s.
Jake Arrieta never gloated over his dominance of his friend and former Texas Christian teammate Matt Carpenter.
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Origin and Etymology of gloat
akin to Middle English glouten to scowl and perhaps to Old Norse glotta to grin scornfully
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
Definition of gloat
: the act or feeling of one who gloats
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Definition of gloat for English Language Learners
: to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure
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Definition of gloat for Students
: 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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