broom

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

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

broom

verb
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 Just then, a young white woman, carrying a broom in one hand and a large black garbage bag in the other, and with a flashlight stuck through the band of her backward baseball cap, came by to sweep the sidewalk clean of cigarette butts. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "A Night with Occupy City Hall," 26 June 2020 The modern broom owes a whole lot to the bygone corn husk and natural fiber designs that first cropped up in the late 1700s. Popular Science, "The best brooms for conquering any mess," 17 June 2020 Sheetala carries a pot of healing water, a broom to sweep away dirt, a branch of the indigenous Neem tree – said to cure skin and breathing disorders – and a jar of ambrosia for eternal life. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "India’s goddesses of contagion provide protection in the pandemic – just don’t make them angry," 15 June 2020 Use a rake or broom to keep debris out of the road and away from storm drains, ditches, and streams. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Traffic was down in Phoenix, but ozone levels remained stubbornly high. What's happening?," 12 June 2020 Cutraro's wife of 33 years, Teresa, came up with the ghost set up by attaching broomsticks to chairs and attached a ball to the end of the broom handle. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak pizzeria comes up with fun way to keep diners safe, social distance," 10 June 2020 Once your buns—or backstraps—in the oven are done, whisk away the ashes on top of the lid with a small broom or a handful of grasses before cracking it open to reveal black-iron perfection. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Camping Skills," 5 June 2020 Jafari made his way back to the crime scene with two bottles and the plastic brush, along with a broom. Mary Claire Molloy, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrubbing away blood the day after Chris Beaty’s death, a man has startling realization," 1 June 2020 Jafari made his way back to the crime scene with two bottles and the plastic brush, along with a broom. USA Today, "A stubborn stain, a selfless act, a wrenching discovery: cleaning up after Chris Beaty’s death in Indianapolis," 1 June 2020 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, cleveland.com, "Starting lineups, Game 75: Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of broom

Noun

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

Verb

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broom

Noun

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

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The first known use of broom was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Broom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broom. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for broom

broom

noun
How to pronounce broom (audio) How to pronounce broom (audio)

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

broom

noun
\ 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

broom

noun
\ 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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