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

The struggle to get under the cabinets with a broom or a vacuum is real. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Sweepovac's Built-In Vacuum Makes Cleaning Crumbs From Under Your Kitchen Cabinets So Much Easier," 17 Jan. 2019 Cleaning that 350 square feet of bluestone with a broom used to take me half an hour or more. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "No One Should Live Without a Push Broom," 12 Nov. 2018 The Last Jedi went back to heroes who could come from anywhere and start as anything: a garbage-trader, a random soldier, even a slave-boy with a broom. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 At home, a grieving woman with a household broom tries to wash rivers of blood from the alleyway where her kin was slain. Fox News, "No going home for many Hondurans deported back to brutality," 30 Aug. 2018 To her horror, Layla’s mother later discovered that the girl was repeatedly raped, beaten with a broom, and forced to sleep on a towel on the floor of a closet while living with family. Lauren Blodgett, Glamour, "I Represent Migrant Children in Immigration Court. This Is What It's Like.," 26 July 2018 Open the other days of the week, the Shaker Store sells hanks of yarn, Shaker seeds, herbal teas, and Shaker brooms. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 After Jack rejected other alternatives, the exasperated clerk indicated that there was a windowless former broom closet next to the elevator shaft for $89. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "The Secrets of Jack Bogle’s Investment Success," 17 Jan. 2019 This is the sort of film in which the first few minutes are just a long, slow shot of water being brushed across a cobblestone driveway by a broom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma is coming to Netflix on Friday. You should still see it in a theater.," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of broom was before the 12th century

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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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