glommed onto

glom

[glom] Slang.
verb (used with object), glommed, glomming.
1.
to steal.
2.
to catch or grab.
3.
to look at.
noun
4.
a look or glimpse.
Verb phrases
5.
glom onto, to take hold or possession of: He wanted to glom onto some of that money.

Origin:
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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To glommed onto
Collins
World English Dictionary
glom (ɡlɒm)
 
vb (foll by on to)
1.  to attach oneself to or associate oneself with
2.  (US) to acquire, esp without paying
 
[C20: from Scots glaum]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

glom
1907, from glahm "grab, snatch, steal," Amer.Eng. underworld slang, from Scot. glaum (1715), from Gael. glam "to handle awkwardly, grab voraciously, devour." Sense of "look at, watch" (1945) is apparently derived from the same word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature