\ 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 This performance has long been deeply discordant, especially with Trump’s little whammy-bar runs of gloating and grievance now playing over the daily drumbeat of mass death and economic devastation. David Roth, The New Republic, "The Cancer in the Camera Lens," 1 May 2020 These creators and producers are in no mood to gloat or to chastise viewers for failing to heed their admonitions. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "They Create Nightmare Worlds for TV. Now They’re Living in One.," 29 Mar. 2020 Early in the pandemic, Trump administration officials have gloated over how badly Iran is suffering. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The U.S. coronavirus outbreak is going to be worse than Iran's," 27 Mar. 2020 Perhaps not wanting to gloat, the government opted for a modest light show and the release of a commemorative 50 pence coin, rather than an ostentatious fireworks display or a larger event. NBC News, "Goodbye, Europe. After years of Brexit turmoil, Britain finally leaves the E.U.," 30 Jan. 2020 And as in any rivalry, the winning team gets to gloat and strut (but forgo that horrifying Paul Bunyan trophy, please). Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "Tweets to Michigan State football, Mark Dantonio: It is definitely over," 16 Nov. 2019 There’re people who gloat over outbreak China. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "As coronavirus goes global, China defends its ‘strong’ leadership and challenges the West to match its resolve," 28 Feb. 2020 Governments elsewhere in the Middle East are gloating over Soleimani’s killing, and especially over the thought of Iran’s inability to do much about it. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Iran’s Options in a Showdown with America Are All Bad," 9 Jan. 2020 Brown allegedly gloated over the incidents in text messages that were included in the suit. Robyn Merrett,, "Patriots Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Accused of Raping His Former Trainer," 10 Sep. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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