from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom.
- n. Sports The broom used to sweep the ice from the path of a curling stone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.
- v. To sweep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys.
- transitive v. To sweep, as with a besom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brush of twigs for sweeping; hence, a broom of any kind.
- n. A name given to the common broom of Europe, Cytisus scoparius, and to the heather, Calluna vulgaris, because both are used for besoms.
- n. [Pron. biz′ um.] A contemptuous epithet for a low, worthless woman.
- To sweep as with a besom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handle
Middle English, from Old English besma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English besme, beseme, from Old English besma, besema ("besom, broom, rod"), from Proto-Germanic *besmô, *besamô (“broom”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰes- (“to rub off, grind, sprinkle”). Cognate with Scots besom, bisom ("a sweeping implement, broom"), West Frisian biezem ("broom"), Dutch bezem ("broom"), Low German bessen ("broom"), German Besen ("broom"). (Wiktionary)