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Definition of broom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers especially : scotch broom
2 : a bundle of firm stiff twigs or fibers bound together on a long handle especially for sweeping


broomed; brooming; brooms

Definition of broom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to sweep with or as if with a broom
2 : to finish (something, such as a concrete surface) by means of a broom

Examples of broom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, mount your broom and pick up your wand, and let these movies take you on a spellbinding journey! Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 18 July 2022 While some women in their middle years become fixated on perfecting their appearance, others may trash their beauty products altogether or stop picking up their broom on a regular basis. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 July 2022 Pete had a broom handle, his younger brother Dave a rubber ball. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 June 2022 The WandVac could just put your broom and dustpan out of business! Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 For ground covers, these include Point Reyes ceanothus, also known as Ceanothus gloriosus, and carpet broom, also known as Genista pilosa. oregonlive, 25 June 2022 The Sports front featured an illustration by Marty Westman of the Stanley Cup surrounded by a broom-welding octopus with the Wings’ names superimposed on the Cup, starting with Mike Ilitch and ending with Bob Rouse. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2022 This lightweight, easy-to-store broom and ergonomic, step-on dustpan attract pet hair and dust like magic. Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2022 From Nespresso pod organizers to a handy broom holder, below are 11 organizational products that have the approval of thousands of reviewers. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, some of the best sunsets appear in the winter, when a damp wind can broom away the grosser air. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 And the desire to see everyone broomed makes emotional sense. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2019 The curling horns were broomed from wear at the tips, weathered and chipped from successful battles of dominance, and his fur showed scars earned from a long life in a harsh place. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2019 Williams broomed through the first set in 29 minutes, crackling with her first serve and whistling crisp winners from the baseline. Jason Gay, WSJ, 11 July 2019 V-6 Deep-Sixed Nissan has broomed the V-6 engine as the step-up powertrain offering, replacing it with a turbocharged inline-four. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2018 These Indians, swept at home by the Twins after brooming Minnesota at Target Field to start a 7-1 road trip, recall the half-baked way the defending NBA champions played after a fast start. Zack Meisel,, 26 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of broom


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broom


Middle English, from Old English brōm; akin to Old High German brāmo bramble

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\ ˈbrüm How to pronounce broom (audio) , ˈbru̇m \

Kids Definition of broom

1 : a brush with a long handle used for sweeping
2 : a plant with long slender branches along which grow many yellow flowers


\ ˈbrüm How to pronounce broom (audio) , ˈbru̇m How to pronounce broom (audio) \

Medical Definition of broom

: any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, upright growth, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers especially : scotch broom — see broom top

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