broom

noun
\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

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

Stryker immediately recognized the brilliance of the picture of Watson with her broom, but knew the FSA could not use it. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950’ Review: Young Talent in Black and White," 5 Dec. 2018 The camera locks on a stone driveway as water is splashed across it, then a broom is pushed back and forth, washing the stones. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Up to and after debut, [these] skinny kids all crammed in a studio the size of a broom closet. Aja Romano, Vox, "BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained," 24 Aug. 2018 The expansive foyer was previously occupied by three maid's rooms, a butler's pantry, and a broom closet. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Lisa Perry's New York Entry Hall," 4 Sep. 2013 The tights, hat, and broom will pull your homemade witch costume together. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Easiest Way to DIY a Witch Costume for Halloween," 24 Oct. 2018 In a nod to self-sweeping brooms shown in movies and on TV, the shop has recently started selling its own motorized version. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Watch These 'Magical' Brooms Glide On Their Own," 11 Oct. 2018 None had ever tossed a rock or frantically pushed a broom on ice before. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter Olympics gold medal for U.S. men boosts interest in curling in Wisconsin," 25 Feb. 2018 From broom-swinging to bullets: How a fight over a fence escalated to gunfire Home security cameras captured the neighbors' gunfight in the 1200 block of Campbell Road just east of Greenwood. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Feuding Johnson County neighbor sentenced to time served," 5 Jan. 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, 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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broom

noun

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, 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, 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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