[ad_1] verb (used without object)
- to look at or think about with great or excessive, often smug or malicious, satisfaction: The opposing team gloated over our bad luck.
- an act or feeling of gloating.
- (intr often foll by over) to dwell (on) with malevolent smugness or exultation
- the act of gloating
1570s, “to look at furtively,” from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse glotta “to grin, smile scornfully, show the teeth,” Swedish dialectal glotta “to peep;” or from Middle High German glotzen “to stare, gape.” Sense of “to look at with malicious satisfaction” first recorded 1748. Related: Gloated; gloating. As a noun, from 1640s with sense of “side-glance;” 1899 as “act of gloating.”