Besom meaning

bēzəm
A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom.
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A broom, esp. one made of twigs tied to a handle.
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A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.
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(archaic, poetic) To sweep.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary