verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of broom
Examples from the Web for broomed
The practical employment of the day broomed away fantastic cobwebs.The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for broomed
Word Origin for broom
Word Origin and History for broomed
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 broomed
see new broom sweeps clean.