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[grom-it] /ˈgrɒm ɪt/



a washer or packing for sealing joints between sections of pipe.
Military. a stiff ring of rubber or metal inside the top of a service cap, designed to keep the top of the cap stretched flat.
a metal-bound eyelet in cloth, sometimes used decoratively, as on a garment.
verb (used with object)
to fasten with a grommet.
a ring of rubber or plastic or a metal eyelet designed to line a hole to prevent a cable or pipe passed through it from chafing
a ring of rope hemp used to stuff the gland of a pipe joint
(med) a small tube inserted into the eardrum in cases of glue ear in order to allow air to enter the middle ear
(Austral, informal) a young or inexperienced surfer

1620s, “ring or wreath of rope,” from obsolete French gromette “curb of a bridle” (Modern French gourmette), from gourmer “to curb,” of uncertain origin. Extended sense of “metal eyelet” first recorded 1769.


A young surfer •Apparently a borrowing from Australia, where it is also spelled grummit: an ersatz club scene for junior high-schoolers, grommets, kiddies (1986+)


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