\ˈbrüm, ˈbru̇m \

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

The cold front that moves through tonight will act as a giant broom, pushing out the dreary and wet pattern we’ve been stuck with over the past several days. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Heavy rain with localized flooding persists through the evening. Gorgeous weather on Monday.," 3 June 2018 There’s bound to be a sheen to the pavement after dozens of people scrub them the traditional way — with brooms, brushes and buckets of water. Jay Jones,, "Two Midwest ‘Tulip Time’ festivals nod to towns’ Dutch heritage," 5 Apr. 2018 By the glass doors of the main concourse, the site of so much anger hours earlier, one arena worker wielded a broom, another a mop. Chris Ballard,, "'These Tragedies Have to Stop.' Inside the Kings' Decision to Stand Up for Stephon Clark," 29 Mar. 2018 The entry hall had a series of small rooms for utilities, a broom closet, another closet, and the stairway to the bedrooms upstairs took up space in the hall. Diane Fiske,, "Restaurateur Steve Poses settles into a new kitchen - at home in South Philly," 5 June 2018 Officers were clearing the runway with brooms, in images shared by the Guatemalan army. Madison Park, Holly Yan And Flora Charner, CNN, "Entire families buried as Guatemalans battle to recover the dead after volcano eruption," 5 June 2018 The past can be a broom closet stuffed with receipts. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From Christine Schutt’s ‘Pure Hollywood’," 30 May 2018 The accomplishment is even more remarkable considering MeTV FM has about a half-dozen employees and a main studio the size of a broom closet. Robert Channick,, "MeTV FM goes from low-power TV station to top-10 Chicago radio station," 3 May 2018 But in our increasingly high-tech households, your hard drive, phone or tablet may need as much attention as your broom closet and stove. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 incredibly useful tools for your digital spring cleaning," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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, 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, ˈbru̇m \

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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