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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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British Dictionary definitions for glomming


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
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Word Origin and History for glomming



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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