- an implement for sweeping, consisting of a brush of straw or stiff strands of synthetic material bound tightly to the end of a long handle.
- any shrubby plant belonging to the genus Genista or the genus Cytisus, of the legume family, especially C. scoparius, common in Western Europe on uncultivated ground and having long, slender branches bearing yellow flowers.
- Building Trades. the crushed and spread part at the head of a wooden pile after driving.
- to sweep: Broom the porch.
- to splinter or fray mechanically.
- to crush and spread the top of (a piling, tent peg, etc.) by pounding or driving with a hammer or the like.
- to brush (freshly poured concrete) with a broom to give a nonskid surface, as to walks or driveways.
- (of a piling, tent peg, etc.) to be crushed and spread at the top from being driven.
Origin of broom
Examples from the Web for broom
The idea that blends are just “diluted malts” was born and has contributed to its lasting image problem, Broom says.
It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.
We sat in his dimly lit office—no bigger than a broom closet—where we commiserated over the current state of American medicine.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Better to bring out the broom and start sweeping some folks out.After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
December 26, 2013
“I thought of sweeping away the evidence with the broom from the garage,” Sandusky recalls.Sandusky Should Plead Guilty If He Wants a Shot at Redemption
December 13, 2011
He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He signed to me to take a broom—to march into the garden—to set to work.The Boy Life of Napoleon
When accidentally struck by the janitor's broom, he gives off a cloud of dust.The Devil's Dictionary
He carried the dustpan and broom away to their places, but he did not reenter the room.Tiverton Tales
He was sweeping thoroughly into every corner where a broom could find entrance.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- an implement for sweeping consisting of a long handle to which is attached either a brush of straw, bristles, or twigs, bound together, or a solid head into which are set tufts of bristles or fibres
- any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius
- any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium
- new broom a newly appointed official, etc, eager to make changes
- (tr) to sweep with a broom
Word Origin and History for broom
Old English brom "broom, brushwood," the common flowering shrub whose twigs were tied together to make a tool for sweeping, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz "thorny bush" (cf. Dutch braam, German Brombeere "blackberry"), from PIE root *bh(e)rem- "to project, a point."
Traditionally, both the flowers and sweeping with broom twigs were considered unlucky in May (Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, etc.). The witch's flying broomstick originally was one among many such objects (pitchfork, trough, bowl), but the broomstick became fixed as the popular tool of supernatural flight via engravings from a famous Lancashire witch trial of 1612.
Idioms and Phrases with broom
see new broom sweeps clean.