Definition of grommet in English:


Syllabification: grom·met
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrämət


1An eyelet placed in a hole in a sheet or panel to protect or insulate a rope or cable passed through it or to prevent the sheet or panel from being torn.
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  • You simply attach the grommets to the support holes of the tone bars.
  • At each grommet location, follow the manufacturer's instructions to trim the fabric from the grommet hole and attach the snap-on cover.
  • As with work platforms, the enclosure material is attached with clips, wire, rope, or grommets.
2 Medicine A tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain fluid from the middle ear.
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  • This can be treated with antibiotics or a minor operation to insert a tiny plastic tube or grommet through the eardrum, allowing the fluid to drain.
  • If hearing is affected, they may have drainage tubes, or grommets, placed in the eardrums.
  • The effectiveness of some other operations, such as middle ear drainage with grommets and stripping and ligation of varicose veins, is debatable.
3 informal A young or inexperienced skier, snowboarder, surfer, or skateboarder: mega moves that make gods out of grommets
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  • Naturally, as the event progresses, winners and outstanding performances are expected with all young surfers pushing the limits to try and become the top grommet in the state!
  • Does it feel weird now that, let's be honest, you're not a grommet anymore, and there's expectations and pressure for you to deliver a world title?
  • Was it hard going being a grommet at school making a lot of money at such a young age?


early 17th century (in nautical use in the sense 'a circle of rope used as a fastening'): from obsolete French grommette, from gourmer 'to curb', of unknown ultimate origin. Current senses date from the mid 20th century.

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