Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), glommed, glom·ming. to steal. to catch or grab. to look at. glom onto, to take hold or possession of: He wanted to glom onto some of that money. Origin of glom 1895–1900, Americanism
Scots glaum, glam
to snatch at,
jaws of a vise, apparently <
Scots Gaelic glàm
to grab, clutch, influenced by
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British Dictionary definitions for glomming ( tr foll by on to) to attach oneself to or associate oneself with US to acquire, esp without paying Word Origin
C20: from Scots
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Word Origin and History for glomming glom v.
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.
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