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verb (used with object), glommed, glom·ming.
  1. to steal.
  2. to catch or grab.
  3. to look at.
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  1. a look or glimpse.
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Verb Phrases
  1. glom onto, to take hold or possession of: He wanted to glom onto some of that money.
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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
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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
  1. (tr foll by on to) to attach oneself to or associate oneself with
  2. US to acquire, esp without paying
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Word Origin

C20: from Scots glaum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

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