Definition of gloat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gloat

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡləʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gloat
BrE BrE//ɡləʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊt//
 
he / she / it gloats
BrE BrE//ɡləʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊts//
 
past simple gloated
BrE BrE//ˈɡləʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡloʊtɪd//
 
past participle gloated
BrE BrE//ˈɡləʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡloʊtɪd//
 
-ing form gloating
BrE BrE//ˈɡləʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡloʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] gloat (about/at/over something) to show that you are happy about your own success or somebody else’s failure, in an unpleasant way synonym crow She was still gloating over her rival's disappointment. Having lost a large percentage of the vote, they were in no position to gloat. I hope you haven’t just come here to gloat. Word Origin late 16th cent.: 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 cent.Extra examples He didn’t want to hear her gloating at his misfortune. I hope you haven’t just come here to gloat. She was still gloating over her rival’s disappointment.
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