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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 families just receive a broom and a mop with water. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "What coronavirus means for tens of thousands of people in ICE custody," 19 Mar. 2020 Garter uses the other side of the cabinet to store a scooper, a small broom, and cat litter. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "A Shockingly Simple Way to Hide Your Cat's Litter Box," 18 Feb. 2020 Scrub the stains with a stiff broom and rinse thoroughly. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 On a recent afternoon, a man missing half his left leg used his right foot to propel his wheelchair around the space, wielding a little red broom and dustpan to tidy it up. Heather Knight,, "SF says no thanks to free housing for homeless on vacant Tenderloin lot," 24 Jan. 2020 Ed Clark, an African-American expressionist painter who used a broom and bold colors to capture the natural world and to convey emotions about the racial injustice of the 1960s, earning him international acclaim, has died., "Ed Clark, pioneering abstract expressionist painter, dies - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019 At one point, the Observer found his social secretary, Floral Headpiece, rummaging thorough a broom closet near the foyer. al, "Masked Observer seeks a danceable beat with Condes and Dragons," 12 Feb. 2020 That those people seem to be tied up in a broom closet somewhere in Seoul bodes well for Genesis. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 As clashes continue to bring chaos to the streets of Hong Kong, with protesters setting fires and slinging arrows, Chinese soldiers were seen arming themselves with brooms over the weekend for the massive cleanup of debris from city streets. Fox News, "Hong Kong police officer shot with arrow, protesters set fires as Chinese troops appear to clean streets," 18 Nov. 2019 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,, "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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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Broom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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 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


\ 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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