Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
GLAUM, GLAM, v.1, n. Also glaam; glom (Sh.), †glawm. [Sc. glɑ (:)m. but m.Sc. + -ǫ(:)-; Sh. glo:m]
1. To snatch, grab, gen. followed by at (Ork., Per., m.Lth., Bwk., Arg., Wgt., Kcb., Rxb., Uls. 1954); “it most generally denotes a feeble and ineffectual attempt; as that of an infant who begins to grasp at objects” (Ags. 1808 Jam.); “to grasp; to gather (in a heap)” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Ayr. 1790 Burns Battle of Sherramuir i.:
Clans frae woods in tartan duds, Wha glaum'd at kingdoms three, man.Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 43:
Tho' fiends soud glam him i' their cleeks Gaen frae the kirk.Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick I. v.:
Afore this bruilzie they glawm'd at a'thing about the place like as mony corbies.Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 39:
As he beheld ilk bishop's claw Glaum at his fish and cleik them a'.Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. ii.:
Winna be happy till I stretch my right hand frae the Alps and glaum at Italy.Lnk. 1889 I. Darling Poems 76:
This couthie wee thing slaisters a' my goun, Syne raxes to my hair and glaums it doon.Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To glom op taatis, to take up potatoes, soiling oneself in so doing.Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 23:
A gien um a thripny-bit . . . Hei glaamed at eet leike a cock at a grozert.Sc. 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 9:
Glaum'd at twae bannocks i' the press, Syne oot an' ower the rimey gress.
2. To seize or attempt to seize with the jaws; to devour, to eat greedily (Gall. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl., glam; Bwk.2 1948).Fif. 1825 Jam.:
A dog is said to glaum at a thing, when he opens his jaws and attempts to snatch it.Sc.(E) 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xlix. 19:
An' wha glaum'd yo sae lang wi' a greedy fang, it's far eneugh aff they sal bide.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 112:
[He] glam'd the mice wi' muckle speed, An' qui'k an' quakan' doon they geed.
†3. To grope (Ayr.4 1928), used “of one groping from blindness, or in the dark” (Ags. 1808 Jam.; Bwk. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 115). Also freq. glaamer (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.), glammer, in ppl.adj. glammerin', fumbling, unsteady.Mearns 1796 J. Burness Thrummy Cap 277–278:
Glaumin' the way back tae his bed He thinks he hears a person tread.Ayr. 1823 Galt R. Gilhaize iii.:
He had fearful visions of bloody hands and glimmering daggers glaming over him from behind his curtains.Dmf. 1826 Blackwood's Mag. (Oct.) 586:
The reverend carle glammering, graipit to get His drawers and bauchels, to slip down the stair.Rnf. 1827 W. Taylor Poems 21:
Glam'd for the key whare it did hing.wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 513:
I got haud o' my breeks, and glaum't to get out my watch, but I couldna find it.Abd. 1887 Bon-Accord (15 Oct.) 10:
Anither chiel . . . makin' a gey glammerin' kin o' a cast [with fishing-rod].
†4. “To take hold of a woman indecorously” (Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 692, glawm). Phr. to let glam.Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 18:
A saw him kiss her at the Lammas fair, an let glam at her nonsense.
II. n. 1. A clutch, a grip, a grab, “especially one that is ineffectual” (Ags. 1808 Jam.; Ork. 1929 Marw., glam; Ork., m.Lth., Bwk., Arg., Kcb., Rxb., Uls. 1954). Often in phrs. to make a — at, to play —. Also fig.Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin vi.:
Makin' a glaum i' the dark to grip grumphie by the lug.Uls. 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings 92:
As I wuz gaun alang, I notised a man staggerin' aboot, an' aye playin' glam at a black thing that wuz rinnin afore him.Ags. 1880 A. M. Soutar Hearth Rhymes 97:
He made a glaum at Fortune's ba'.Dmb. 1894 D. MacLeod Past Worthies 28:
The ferryman at the stroke oar, when the wight rose to the surface, played glaum at the hair of his head to rescue him, but he only saved a wig.Gall. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 50:
She made a glaum tae get haud o' him.Sc. 1925 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 277:
Frost gat sic a fell glaum o' the verra saul o' ma treckle that it's hapshackelt an' bun-up i' the barrel!
2. A hug, squeeze.Tyr. 1929 “M. Mulcaghey” Rhymes 29:
I might give her a glam On the road to Portrush.
†3. A mouthful (s.Sc. 1808 Jam., glam(mie) s.v. glammach).
¶4. A transient glimpse.Fif. 1895 “S. Tytler” Macdonald Lass iii.:
She was peeling potatoes . . . when she cried out that she had a glaum of her two grand-children lying with a snaw-drift for their shroud.
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