[ glom ]
/ glɒm /

verb (used with object), glommed, glom·ming.

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.

Nearby words

  1. glochid,
  2. glochidium,
  3. glock,
  4. glockenspiel,
  5. glogg,
  6. glomal,
  7. glomangioma,
  8. glomangiosis,
  9. glomectomy,
  10. glomera

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glom

  • "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
  • That one to ‘glom’ all the land between Willow Creek and the mountain.

    The Fighting Shepherdess |Caroline Lockhart

British Dictionary definitions for glom


/ (ɡlɒm) /

verb slang

(tr foll by on to) to attach oneself to or associate oneself with
US to acquire, esp without paying

Word Origin for glom

C20: from Scots glaum

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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