Definition of glom in English:



[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • 1 Steal.

    ‘I thought he was about to glom my wallet’
    • ‘Well, it was actually his idea, which he glommed off of someone else.’
    • ‘By October, even those who had glommed his money decided that the exemption looked bad, and they withdrew the language from the controversial energy bill.’
    • ‘You just glom everything you can from magazines and books, pin them up, and then you kind of have an idea of what you like and then what to look for.’
    • ‘This is an interesting category because only the screenwriter is nominated, not the person who wrote the original material that the screenwriter is glomming off of.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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    1. 1.1glom onto[no object] Become stuck or attached to.
      • ‘Once big enough, this core easily attracts and holds onto gas, sweeping through the nascent solar system and glomming on to hydrogen and other elements left behind in the Sun's formation.’
      • ‘Yet many of those 30 million paid subscribers are kids who have glommed on to texting with a remarkable resilience.’
      • ‘Was that a surprise to you how people perceived it, what they glommed on to or what they didn't?’
      • ‘At one point in the convention center, I was able to connect to BroadbandAccess when I could not glom on to a Wi-Fi network.’
      • ‘So it probably succeeds in providing the kids with enough variety that they'll glom on to at least one of the tales.’
      • ‘It's a familiar saga: the ne're do-well son, grown up but still glomming on to his parents.’
      • ‘Sometimes politicians believe so deeply that something is true that they start ignoring all the evidence that contradicts their belief and glomming on to every bit of data that confirms it.’
      • ‘It's funny to me that little girls have glommed on to the show so much.’
      • ‘Now, ever eager for new ideas to sell stocks to investors, Wall Street has glommed on to hints that enthusiasm for low-carb diets may be waning a bit.’


Early 20th century: variant of Scots glaum, of unknown origin.