Definition of gloat in English:



  • Dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure:

    ‘his enemies gloated over his death’
    ‘gloating accounts of his triumphs’
    • ‘He is too well-mannered to gloat openly although there is a suggestion of a gleam in his eyes.’
    • ‘I sneaked a glance over at him and gloated silently.’
    • ‘"You can't do anything, " she was already gloating over her victory.’
    • ‘Had the consequences not been so tragic and desperately inhumane, we would have been excused for gloating.’
    • ‘No, I'm not gloating, because too much pain has been caused.’
    • ‘There may be those who are secretly gloating about all this.’
    • ‘My company launched a woman's forum, newspapers gloated over successful women and hotels and boutiques offered discounts to lady patrons.’
    • ‘I could only imagine how much Claire was going to gloat over her sudden victory.’
    • ‘But before gloating at their discomfort, the government has its own manifesto dilemma.’
    • ‘But he is not gloating over his victory.’
    • ‘This helped me to be a great deal less judgmental and to avoid gloating at the misfortune of others.’
    • ‘And, no, I didn't gloat or say anything mean about politics.’
    • ‘I knew you knew it would work out this way but gloating like that is, well, just tacky.’
    • ‘Of course one shouldn't forget about prizes and giving the winners an opportunity to gloat a bit!’
    • ‘While the Left Party is gloating over its unexpected election success, a grand coalition will go into action.’
    • ‘Sorry, but I just have to gloat a bit here.’
    • ‘‘Of course, it was from my help that you passed,’ he gloated with a big triumphant smile.’
    • ‘Not gloating, but out of respect, we knew the enormity of what we had achieved.’
    • ‘Marshall gloated with a big successful grin on his face.’
    • ‘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 in, relish, take great pleasure in, enjoy greatly, revel in, rejoice in, glory in, exult in, triumph over, crow over
    boast about, brag about, feel self-satisfied about, be smug about, congratulate oneself on, preen oneself about, pat oneself on the back about
    rub one's hands together
    rub it in
    pique oneself on
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  • [in singular] An act of gloating:

    ‘I would join her for a good gloat’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every year, he dreads Christmas, because that's the time ‘when everyone who's ever left comes back for their annual gloat.’’
    • ‘There's something about us that when something pretty awful arises from computer errors, we have a quiet gloat!’
    • ‘The flight coordinator could not contain the gloat as the aircraft lifted off to record another on-time take off.’
    • ‘His pre-emptive gloat page was proven to be horribly incorrect and has now been removed from his website and archives.’
    • ‘She didn't notice and flickered out with a gloat, only to flicker back again.’
    • ‘Now she's out via injury and I'm deprived a long and satisfying gloat.’
    • ‘My low, glum eyebrow position immediately exploded into a gigantic gleeful gloat!’
    • ‘As a passionate believer that we should keep the pound and stay out of the euro, I am allowed a short gloat.’
    • ‘Over him I'll allow myself this one little gloat.’
    • ‘I wonder why Richard didn't include this link in his recent gloat post?’
    • ‘It has been gloat and counter-gloat, according to the news of the day.’
    • ‘A disaster for the media, but worth a gloat from everyone else.’


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.