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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Barry has since acquired a video recording of the race and still gloats over it even now.
▪ For centuries we women have gloated over the one negative aspect of aging more evident in men than women: balding.
▪ To only a few had he been the devil who gloated over their private grief.
▪ The pro-Noriega Press, the only newspapers permitted to publish, gloated over the general's suppression of the coup.
▪ "I told you that idea wouldn't work.'' "Well, there's no need to gloat.''
▪ "What are you gloating about?" he said in an irritated voice.
▪ He has an unpleasant habit of gloating whenever he wins at tennis.
▪ I hate to gloat, you guys, but I told you it wouldn't work.
▪ It was horrible to see her gloating over her brother's misfortune.
▪ Jane used to gloat over other people's misfortunes.
▪ For centuries we women have gloated over the one negative aspect of aging more evident in men than women: balding.
▪ Here was a gloating scheme of ingenuity, an immigrant strategy for economic survival that was taking on great possibilities.
▪ I thought he came round to gloat and I was right.
▪ Of course, I shall be able to gloat, having got there before the rest of the media!
▪ Perhaps she sensed my growing discontent and was frightened of appearing to gloat.
▪ The liberals are gloating and celebrating all over town.
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.

  1. n. malicious satisfaction [syn: gloating, glee]

  2. v. dwell on with satisfaction [syn: triumph, crow]

  3. gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy


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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!