Origin of besomMiddle English besme ; from Old English besma, broom, rod ; from West Germanic an unverified form besman from source German besen
Origin of besomMiddle English, from Old English besma.
- A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.
(third-person singular simple present besoms, present participle besoming, simple past and past participle besomed)
- (archaic, poetic) To sweep.
From Middle English besme, beseme, from Old English besma, besema (“besom, broom, rod”), from Proto-Germanic *besmô, *besamô (“broom”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰes- (“to rub off, grind, sprinkle”). Cognate with Scots besom, bisom (“a sweeping implement, broom”), West Frisian biezem (“broom”), Dutch bezem (“broom”), Low German bessen (“broom”), German Besen (“broom”).