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[glom] /glɒm/ Slang.
verb (used with object), glommed, glomming.
to steal.
to catch or grab.
to look at.
a look or glimpse.
Verb phrases
glom onto, to take hold or possession of:
He wanted to glom onto some of that money.
Origin of glom
1895-1900, Americanism; compare Scots glaum, glam to snatch at, glammis jaws of a vise, apparently < Scots Gaelic glàm to grab, clutch, influenced by clam2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for glom
Historical Examples
  • That one to ‘glom’ all the land between Willow Creek and the mountain.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • "glom a shovel for me and get an ax and pick and I'll be right with you," Angus told him.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • I'll go as far as the next man and we'll glom that black coral if we have to slaughter every man, woman, and child on the island.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for glom


verb (slang)
(transitive) foll by on to. to attach oneself to or associate oneself with
(US) to acquire, esp without paying
Word Origin
C20: from Scots glaum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for glom

1907, glahm "grab, snatch, steal," American English underworld slang, from Scottish glaum (1715), apparently from Gaelic glam "to handle awkwardly, grab voraciously, devour." Sense of "look at, watch" (1945) apparently is derived from the same source. Related: Glommed; glomming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glom



  1. A hand, regarded as a grabbing tool
  2. : Have a glom at that leg, won't you?


  1. To grasp; seize: a contingency plan of creating wider seats for their popcorn-glomming customers
  2. glom on to
  3. To steal: ''Where'd you glahm 'em?'' I asked/ under the pretext of glomming a diamond from the strongbox
  4. To be arrested
  5. To look at; seize with the eyes; gander, glim: or walk around the corner to glom old smack heads, woozy winos and degenerates/ two new collections for the fashionable to glom

[1907+ Underworld & hoboes; fr British dialect glaum, glam, ''hand,'' ultimately fr Old English clamm, ''bond, grasp,'' related to clamp]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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