[ 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.

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. 2020

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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