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besom

[ bee-zuh m ]
/ ˈbi zəm /
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noun

a broom, especially one of brush or twigs.

RELATED WORDS

mop, broom, toothbrush, whisk, swab, sweeper, polisher, hairbrush, waxer

Nearby words

beslan, beslobber, besmear, besmirch, besnier-boeck-schaumann disease, besom, besom pocket, besot, besotted, besought, bespake

Origin of besom

before 1000; Middle English besem, Old English bes(e)ma; cognate with Dutch bezem, German Besen
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British Dictionary definitions for besom (1 of 2)

besom

1
/ (ˈbiːzəm) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to sweep with a besom

Word Origin for besom

Old English besma; related to Old High German besmo broom

British Dictionary definitions for besom (2 of 2)

besom

2
/ (ˈbɪzəm, ˈbizəm) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a derogatory term for a woman

Word Origin for besom

perhaps from Old English bysen example; related to Old Norse bysn wonder
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Word Origin and History for besom

besom


n.

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-.

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