• synonyms


or car·rom

[kar-uh m]
  1. Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
  2. any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a carom.
  2. to strike and rebound.
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Origin of carom

1770–80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) < French < Spanish carambola, special use of fruit name; see carambola
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  • Burke's glasses flew from his face, hit the catwalk and caromed off to the ground.


    Robert Shea

  • Something wriggled at his knees and caromed off against Verba.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Allen blocked it with his chest and caromed it over to Swift.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

  • It caromed off at a crazy angle, wobbling in its flight as the mercury within rolled from side to side.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

  • At the door he tried to move aside but was too slow for the quick moving young woman who caromed off him.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for caromed


  1. billiards, US and Canadian
    1. a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
    2. the points scored by this
    Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): cannon
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Word Origin

C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola
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Word Origin and History for caromed



1860, from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.

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1779, earlier carambole (1775), from French carambole "the red ball in billiards," from Spanish carombola "the red ball in billiards," perhaps originally "fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree," which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal. Originally a type of stroke involving the red ball:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary's Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. ["Hoyle's Games Improved," London, 1779]
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