meaning of besom

besom meaning in General Dictionary

To sweep just like a besom

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  • A brush of twigs for sweeping a broom something which sweeps away or destroys
  • a broom made of twigs tied up collectively on a long handle
  • A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys.
  • To sweep, as with a besom.

besom meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English besma "bundle of twigs" (used as a broom or a flail), from West Germanic *besmon (cognates: Old Frisian besma, Old Saxon besmo, Old High German besmo, German Besen, Dutch bezem), that is of as yet not known source. Perhaps "one thing bound or twisted," from PIE *bheidh-.


besom meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; such a thing which sweeps away or destroys.

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  • (v. t.) To sweep, just like a besom.