Gloat Gloat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gloated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gloating}.] [Akin to Icel. glotta to smile scornfully, G. glotzen to gloat.] To look steadfastly; to gaze earnestly; to gaze with passionate desire, lust, or avarice. [1913 Webster]

2. To gaze with malignant satisfaction; to exult maliciously, sometimes also triumphantly, in another's loss or discomfort; -- usually in a bad sense. [1913 Webster]

In vengeance gloating on another's pain. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • gloat — [ glout ] verb intransitive to show that you are happy and proud at your own success or at someone else s failure: CROW: gloat over: He was there to gloat over their defeat. ╾ gloat noun singular …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gloat — [gləut US glout] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to show in an annoying way that you are proud of your own success or happy about someone else s failure gloat over ▪ The fans are still gloating over Scotland… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gloat — gloat·ing·ly; gloat; …   English syllables

  • gloat — 1570s, to look at furtively, from a Scandinavian source, Cf. O.N. glotta to grin, smile scornfully, show the teeth, Swedish dialectal glotta to peep; or from M.H.G. glotzen to stare, gape. Sense of to look at with malicious satisfaction first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gloat — *gaze, gape, stare, glare, peer Contrasted words: envy, *covet, grudge, begrudge …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gloat — [v] exclaim triumph celebrate, crow*, exult, glory, rejoice, relish, rub it in*, triumph, vaunt, whoop*; concept 49 Ant. be sad, commiserate, sympathize …   New thesaurus

  • gloat — ► VERB ▪ contemplate one s own success or another s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure. ► NOUN ▪ an act of gloating. DERIVATIVES gloater noun gloating adjective & noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «give a sideways or furtive look» …   English terms dictionary

  • gloat — [glōt] vi. [prob. via dial. < OE * glotian or ON glotta, to grin scornfully, akin to Ger glotzen, E dial. glout, to stare < IE * ĝhlud < base * ĝhel , to shine > GLOW] to gaze or think with exultation or malicious pleasure: often with …   English World dictionary

  • gloat — UK [ɡləʊt] / US [ɡloʊt] verb [intransitive] Word forms gloat : present tense I/you/we/they gloat he/she/it gloats present participle gloating past tense gloated past participle gloated showing disapproval to show that you are happy and proud at… …   English dictionary

  • gloat — verb (I) to show in an unpleasant way that you are happy about your own success or about someone else s failure (+ over): Dick was still gloating over Scotland s 5 0 defeat. gloat noun (singular): I bet Sam s having a gloat over that one.… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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