Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • "The only time you can sit back, relax and gloat is when you win it all," Dunleavy said.

    National Basketball Association - Jazz vs. Trail Blazers

  • It's an object lesson in the dangers of race-baiting and desperation - and we don't need to ramp up the atmosphere that will create more of that by harping on this story, or appearing to "gloat" in any way.

    McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of "Carved B" Story Before Facts Were Known

  • Let it also be clear that this is not an attempt to somehow "gloat" over what has happened or belittle it in any way.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • There is nothing in the Countryside Alliance statement which says 'he was asking for it' but you'd have to be pretty stupid to go to a hunt meeting outside your own constituency purely to "gloat".

    Tipping a Winner

  • Also, you may want to give him pointers on how to properly "gloat".

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • He was hired by one of the alleged unindicted co-conspirators Mark Schaffel and Michael Jackson to work on a music project and that Schaffel liked to put Michael Jackson on speakerphone to kind of gloat about this important person on speakerphone that he had.

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2005

  • He said some might want to "gloat", incredulous that just a few years ago the National Party, the precursor to the NNP, was describing the ANC as "communists, terrorists who killed people".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • GREENFIELD: Yes, you know, the worst thing in the world you can do in a situation like this is, as you said in that introduction, to kind of gloat and set a benchmark.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2002

  • He likes bein 'on the edge of it, not so close he gets hurt, close enough he can kind of gloat over it.

    Take A Thief

  • "The panther scare spoiled their 'gloat' over us, that's a fact," said Madge Steele.

    Ruth Fielding at Snow Camp Or, Lost in the Backwoods

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