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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 Our buddy who was the care-taker and was supposed to clean everything up got drunk and passed out in the broom closet. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "How a Teenager Turned a Denny's Into the Best Punk Club Ever, For One Night Only," 19 Dec. 2019 Jeffersonville is also where Schnatter started making pizzas out of the broom closet in his dad's bar in 1984. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "From stock sales to divorce, Papa John's founder Schnatter has had plenty of plot twists," 6 Dec. 2019 On Saturday, Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks in a rare public appearance to help residents clear debris blocking key roads. NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows," 17 Nov. 2019 Temsutula can usually be found on Varanasi’s ghats with a broom in her hand, cleaning and promoting cleanliness. Neha J Hiranandani, Quartz India, "Three female role models for young Indians: an educationist, a writer, and a cleanliness crusader," 16 Oct. 2019 The centerpiece is a metallic broom, over which Goldman’s jersey was draped last week. Rich Campbell,, "Bears recognize Eddie Goldman’s dirty work with the 'Sweep the Sheds’ award just in time for his homecoming," 24 Sep. 2019 Roseville police are investigating a wild brawl involving teenagers with brooms, adults, children and even a dog being sicced on one of the participants. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "At least dozen people, dog involved in wild fight in Roseville street," 9 Aug. 2019 Mr Modi’s new minister of finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, has started off with a broom, sweeping 12 top bureaucrats out of the tax administration and inviting wider public consultation on the budget, which is due to be released in July. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 The eighth annual event calls all would-be witches to exchange their brooms for bicycles and decorate them with the most enchanting adornments – skulls, black cats, pointy hats and beyond. Kari Barnett,, "Calling all witches: Brooms become bikes for annual ride," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the desire to see everyone broomed makes emotional sense. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Think Detroit Lions should fire Matt Patricia? Here's why that may not be the answer," 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, "Column: Two old-timers meet in the hot desert," 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, "Serena Williams Rocks, Then Rolls at Wimbledon," 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, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 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,, "Starting lineups, Game 75: Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers," 26 June 2017

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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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of broom

: a brush that has a long handle and that is used for sweeping floors
: a type of bush that has long, thin branches and yellow flowers


\ 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


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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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