A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom.
A broom, esp. one made of twigs tied to a handle.
Origin of besom
- Middle English from Old English besma
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).