- 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 of gloatprobably 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
intransitive verbgloat·ed, gloat·ing, gloats
- The act of gloating.
- A feeling of great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction.
Origin of gloatPerhaps of Scandinavian origin; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gloats, present participle gloating, simple past and past participle gloated)
- An act or instance of gloating.
From Old Norse glotta (“to grin scornfully”) or Middle High German glotzen. Cognate with German glotzen (“to gawk, to goggle”) .