Crossword clues for gloat
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.
2. To gaze with malignant satisfaction; to exult maliciously, sometimes also triumphantly, in another's loss or discomfort; -- usually in a bad sense.
In vengeance gloating on another's pain.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1570s, "to look at furtively," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse glotta "to grin, smile scornfully, show the teeth," Swedish dialectal glotta "to peep;" or from Middle High German glotzen "to stare, gape." Sense of "to look at with malicious satisfaction" first recorded 1748. Related: Gloated; gloating. As a noun, from 1640s with sense of "side-glance;" 1899 as "act of gloating."
n. An act or instance of gloating. vb. To exhibit a conspicuous sense of self-satisfaction, often at an adversary's misfortune.
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Usage examples of "gloat".
It would only mean defeat and give Casta a chance to gloat and point you out as a failure and an imposter.
The evil dybbuk exclaimed that this was his chance to infiltrate a Messiah at the time of conception, and he gloated over the notion.
From where he sat, Dave could see Fleech tremble and sag in the supporting hands of the gloating men who gripped him.
With no time to spare to gloat over this victory, Captain Foard redirected their thoughts back to the mission that had brought them into these waters in the first place.
He saw the gloating face of Foy, with its cruel lips uttering words to the witness.
He grabbed Mary by the hand and they ran back to the house gloating with their safely executed deed.
Alfric gloated, breaking a branch from the larick and waving it irritatingly under my nose.
It was helpful, though, that discovery, for it caused Mance to pause and gloat.
Lair that the Maidservant, that traitorous wench, had come to a miserable end and the heavenly host had been routed, Rafar gloated and laughed.
The flounces of mangroves, the sparse, grassy epaulettes on the shoulders of the hills the fragrant forest, the dim jungle, the piled up rocks, the caves where the rare swiftlet hatches out her young in gloom and silence in nests of gluten and moss--all are mine to gloat over.
If anybody can find it in his heart or in his head to say yes, and can gloat over the idea, and wish to have it continually brandished in terrorem over the heads of the people, one feels impelled to declare that he of all men the most needs to be converted to the Christian spirit.
As the yuzbashi studied it, Juliet saw Habib standing a short distance away, a gloating expression on his face.
PING SLATTERLY, still out of sight behind the glare of the acetylene light, was emitting a gloating chuckle.
I enjoy the expectation with which the top is wrenched off the can of worms as if from some amazing birthday present, and then the sense of anticlimax in the watching faces: the forced tears and skimpy, gloating pity, the cued and dutiful applause.
So sure did I feel, that my vision was due merely to some trick of the Yamabooshi, that I actually gloated over my coming triumph in writing to the Bonze that I had been right in answering his sad words of parting with an incredulous smile, as my sister and family were all in good health--happy!