\ 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 Flower Moving along, Flower gloats in her clues package that she’s never taken a singing lesson in her life. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Double Recap: Penguin & Black Widow Get the Toss in Back-to-Back Episodes," 7 Nov. 2019 Republicans could not be blamed for gloating over this apparent cave-in by the Democratic majority. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The White House Needs an Impeachment Strategy," 29 Oct. 2019 Mack can build a title contender without beating Kentucky for its annual haul of five-star recruits, but that won't stop UK fans from gloating. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "What Devin Askew's commitment means for Kentucky basketball recruiting," 12 Oct. 2019 The Panthers had to be in shock over what had just happened, and the Bearcats did their best to keep from gloating. Bill Koch,, "'Pike to Binns': An excerpt from author Bill Koch's latest book on UC Bearcats football," 11 Oct. 2019 Lawmakers who have been pushing impeachment action for months gloated over their foresight. Alana Abramson, Time, "In Extraordinary Step, Pelosi Announces Democrats Will Open Formal Impeachment Inquiry," 24 Sep. 2019 His friends even gloated a little bit about it, right in front of my son. Tiffany Ellis, Good Housekeeping, "I Won't Let My Son Play 'Fortnite,' and This Is How His Friends Reacted," 16 Sep. 2019 Patriots fans are often called entitled or nauseating for their Super Bowl gloating. USA TODAY, "Fans Behaving Badly: Pats, Eagles bring out worst in fans," 22 Jan. 2018 Tesla's shares have shot up more than 50% since the end of June after the company reported an unexpected quarterly profit, an improvement in its results that had Musk gloating. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Elon Musk mocks billionaire investor David Einhorn for betting against Tesla," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of gloat was in 1605

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gloat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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How to pronounce gloat (audio)

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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