- The definition of gloat is to brag or to have a feeling of self-satisfaction.
When you dance around and shout "victory, victory!" after your team wins, this is an example of gloat.
Origin: prob. via dialect, dialectal from Old English an unverified form glotian or Old Norse glotta, to grin scornfully, akin to German glotzen, eastern; English dialect, dialectal glout, to stare from Indo-European an unverified form ĝhlud- from base an unverified form ĝhel-, to shine from source glow
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intransitive verb gloat·ed, gloat·ing, gloats
- The act of gloating.
- A feeling of great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- gloatˈer noun