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 That’s the effect of Gobert, whose extended arm might as well have had a broom attached to it, at least for the two-game set in Memphis. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2021 Former Nets star Kerry Kittles is also calling for a Brooklyn broom party. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The African tradition of broom jumping, which enslaved people performed in antebellum America, was incorporated into the ceremony. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, 22 May 2021 The original pins, noted Wambach, were fashioned out of late 19th century broom handles, and wood remained the industry standard for some 80 years, until the advent of plastics in the ‘60s. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2020 Incorporating their Black heritage is a priority for the couple, including jumping the broom and Kompa music from Haiti, in honor of Lauredan’s heritage. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Back in the Versailles workrooms, Joe makes magic by using a broom and some black paint to create what looks like a giant etching of the Eiffel Tower. Whitney Friedlander, Vulture, 14 May 2021 In his telling, he was raised by a single mother who once knocked out two of his teeth with a broom. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Behind the doors on either side: a pantry and a broom closet. Liz Strong, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, cleveland.com, 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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“Broom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broom. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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