Definition of gloat in English:


Syllabification: gloat
Pronunciation: /ɡlōt


[no object]
Contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure: his enemies gloated over his death
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  • This helped me to be a great deal less judgmental and to avoid gloating at the misfortune of others.
  • My company launched a woman's forum, newspapers gloated over successful women and hotels and boutiques offered discounts to lady patrons.
  • Smiling to herself, she gloated silently in her triumph of being the first one in the kitchen; therefore having first dibs on all of the food.
delight, relish, take great pleasure, revel, rejoice, glory, exult, triumph, crow;
boast, brag, be smug, congratulate oneself, preen oneself, pat oneself on the back;
rub one's hands together
informal rub it in


[in singular] informal Back to top  
An act of gloating.
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  • A disaster for the media, but worth a gloat from everyone else.
  • The flight coordinator could not contain the gloat as the aircraft lifted off to record another on-time take off.
  • He did get the box down, so I could then have a quick gloat over all that loot I have up there, and will take years to get through.


late 16th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old Norse glotta 'to grin' and Middle High German glotzen 'to stare'. The original sense was 'give a sideways or furtive look', hence 'cast amorous or admiring glances'; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century.



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  • But contrary to what the left-wing gloaters who have not bothered to follow the story until last night are writing, I have never made such claims.
  • Late last night, I took the time to read the 39-page report - something which, it is clear to me, most of the callous gloaters on the other side of this debate have not bothered to do.
  • He is no gloater, but his team's 1-0 victory over his old employers clearly provided a day to savour.


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  • It turns out that if we confine ourselves to what the pundits gloatingly call ‘political reality’, the list isn't too spectacular.
  • She cedes custody of her boy to her first partner and gives up arguing with the gloatingly triumphant son, as he ferociously denounces her shortcomings as a mother.
  • It gloatingly screams that the two leaders have ‘acknowledged receipt of the amount with thanks’.

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