Origin of besom
Examples from the Web for besom
The young man has been a besom of fire and burnt up everything.
"Don't be trying to knock me down with your tex'es," said Thomas, shouldering his besom.
They've tongues as long as a besom's teal, and fingers as long to poke after 'em.Stories of Comedy
"Let a' trades live," quo' the wife when she burnt her besom.The Proverbs of Scotland
We two will pull the state in pieces, and sweep away the laws as with a besom.Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy
- a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
- curling a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther
- to sweep with a besom
- Scot and Northern English dialect a derogatory term for a woman
Word Origin and History for besom
Old English besma "bundle of twigs" (used as a broom or a flail), from West Germanic *besmon (cf. Old Frisian besma, Old Saxon besmo, Old High German besmo, German Besen, Dutch bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps "something bound or twisted," from PIE *bheidh-.