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[grom-it] /ˈgrɒm ɪt/
  1. any of various rings or eyelets of metal or the like.
  2. an insulated washer of rubber or plastic, inserted in a hole in a metal part to prevent grounding of a wire passing through the hole.
  1. a ring or strop of fiber or wire; becket.
  2. a ring having a thickness of three strands, made by forming a loop of a single strand, then laying the ends around the loop.
  3. a ring of fiber used as a seal or gasket, as under the head of a bolt.
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.
Also, grummet.
Origin of grommet
obsolete French
First recorded in 1620-30, grommet is from the obsolete French word gromette curb of bridle < ? Unabridged
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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
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete French gourmette chain linking the ends of a bit, from gourmer bridle, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for grommet

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.

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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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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