- any of a group of flowering shrubs (esp. genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium) of the pea family, often grown for their abundant, usually yellow, flowers
- any of various tools used for sweeping, consisting of a bundle of stiff fibers, or a brush with stiff bristles, attached to a long handle
Origin of broomMiddle English and amp; Old English brom, brushwood ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bh(e)rem-, to project, a point from source berm, bramble
to sweep as with a broom
- An implement used for sweeping, usually consisting of a bunch of twigs, straw, or bristles bound together and attached to a stick or handle.
- a. Any of various Mediterranean shrubs of the genus Cytisus in the pea family, especially C. scoparius, having mostly compound leaves with three leaflets and showy, usually bright yellow flowers.b. Any of several similar or related shrubs, especially in the genera Genista and Spartium.
transitive verbbroomed, broom·ing, brooms
To sweep with a broom.
Origin of broomMiddle English, from Old English brōm.
- A surname.