from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction: Don't gloat over your rival's misfortune.
- n. The act of gloating.
- n. A feeling of great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exhibit a conspicuous sense of self-satisfaction, often at an adversary's misfortune.
- n. An act or instance of gloating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To look steadfastly; to gaze earnestly; to gaze with passionate desire, lust, or avarice.
- intransitive v. To gaze with malignant satisfaction; to exult maliciously, sometimes also triumphantly, in another's loss or discomfort; -- usually in a bad sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cast a sidelong glance or ray; look furtively.
- To stare; gaze intently; specifically, to dwell or ponder with pleasure, as upon something that gratifies an evil passion or a corrupt propensity: as, to gloat over the corpse of an enemy; to gloat upon a lascivious spectacle; to gloat over the ruin of a rival.
- Synonyms 2. Gaze, etc. See stare.
- To convey by a look or a glance.
- n. A local English name for a variety of eel, of medium size and dark color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dwell on with satisfaction
- v. gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy
- n. malicious satisfaction
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse glotta ("to grin scornfully") or Middle High German glotzen. Cognate with German glotzen ("to gawk, to goggle"). (Wiktionary)