Definition of gloat in US English:

gloat

verb

[no object]
  • Contemplate or dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.

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

informal
  • An act of gloating.

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

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

gloat

/ɡloʊt//ɡlōt/