What does besom mean?

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ˈbi zəmbe·som

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. besomnoun

    a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handle


  1. besomnoun

    A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.

  2. besomverb

    To sweep.

  3. Etymology: From besme, beseme, from besma, besema, from besmô, from bʰes-. Cognate with besom, bisom, biezem, bezem, bessen, Besen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Besomnoun

    An instrument to sweep with.

    Etymology: besm, besma, Saxon.

    Bacon commended an old man that sold besoms: a proud young fellow came to him for a besom upon trust; the old man said, borrow of thy back and belly, they will never ask thee again; I shall dun thee every day. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts. Isaiah, xiv. 22.


  1. besom

    A besom is a type of broom made of twigs tied together, often associated with traditional witchcraft and folklore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Besomnoun

    a brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys

  2. Besomverb

    to sweep, as with a besom

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Besom

    bē′zum, n. an implement for sweeping, a broom: any cleansing or purifying agent: (Scot.) a term of reproach for a woman.—ns. Bē′som-head, a blockhead; Bē′som-rid′er, a witch.—To jump the besom (see Broom). [A.S. besema, besma; a common Teut. word; Ger. besen, Dut. bezem.]

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  1. mebos

  2. mobes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of besom in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of besom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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