\ 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 In the other, the Giants get to the World Series and beat the Astros, then their fans gloat about doing something the Dodgers couldn’t. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Governor Charlie Baker’s administration opted not to gloat about the victory., 28 June 2021 There’s another reason not to gloat: The Mountain West needs the Lobos to be good. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 Few politicians are making the rounds to gloat on state television about how things are turning Russia’s way. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2020 California shouldn’t gloat about producing the first female vice president. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2020 Everett also added a mini-sermon to her prayers, reminding followers who disapprove of Trump not to gloat. Bob Smietana, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 29 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Democrats shouldn’t fear, nor Republicans gloat, that this means the end of the Biden agenda. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The person who finds the pickle gets to open the first present, and gloat about it until the next year. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2020 Having just won his boss a stonking 87-seat majority, Mr Cummings may have been unable to resist a little gloat. The Economist, 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, 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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3 Oct 2021

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“Gloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 Fleishman, The Whipping Boy

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