transitive verbglommed, glom′ming
- to seize; grab
- to steal
- to look over; view; see
Origin of glomearlier glaum from Scottish dialect, dialectal , probably from Gaelic glaim, to snatch
to take and hold; obtain
verbglommed, glom·ming, gloms
- To grab or hold onto something: The child glommed on to her mother's arm.
- To become attached to something; stick: “The candies had glommed together in the heat” ( Porter Shreve )
- a. To focus the attention on or become interested in someone or something: The media glommed on to the heartbreaking story.b. To understand or realize: finally glommed on to the fact that he had been joking.
- To cause to adhere; join together: “Hydrogen atoms … were glommed together by the amazing gravitational forces inside that orb a million kilometers across” ( David Campbell )
- To get into one's hands or possession; grab or obtain: glommed the photo off the desk.
- To steal: glommed the necklace from the safe.
- a. To look or stare at: glommed the woman who entered the bar.b. To understand; realize: finally glommed what was going on.
Origin of glomProbably from Scots glam to snatch at