What does broom mean?

Definitions for broom
brum, brʊmbroom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broomnoun

    a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle

  2. broomnoun

    any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers

  3. heather, ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna vulgarisverb

    common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere

  4. sweep, broomverb

    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

    "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"

  5. broomverb

    finish with a broom


  1. broomnoun

    A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping.

  2. broomnoun

    An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a broom or sweeper.

  3. broomnoun

    Any of several shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae.

  4. broomnoun

    Heather, especially common heather, Calluna vulgaris.

  5. broomverb

    To sweep.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BROOMnoun

    Etymology: brom, Saxon.

    Ev’n humble broom, and osiers, have their use,
    And shade for sheep, and food for flocks, produce. Dryden.

    Not a mouse
    Shall disturb this hallow’d house;
    I am sent with broom before,
    To sweep the dust behind the door. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dr.

    If they came into the best apartment, to set any thing in order, they were saluted with a broom. John Arbuthnot, John Bull.


  1. Broom

    A broom (also known in some forms as a broomstick) is a cleaning tool consisting of usually stiff fibers (often made of materials such as plastic, hair, or corn husks) attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. It is thus a variety of brush with a long handle. It is commonly used in combination with a dustpan. A distinction is made between a "hard broom" and a "soft broom" and a spectrum in between. Soft brooms are used in some cultures chiefly for sweeping walls of cobwebs and spiders, like a "feather duster", with hard brooms are for rougher tasks like sweeping dirt off sidewalks or concrete floors, or even smoothing and texturing wet concrete. The majority of brooms are somewhere in between, suitable for sweeping the floors of homes and businesses, soft enough to be flexible and to move even light dust, but stiff enough to achieve a firm sweeping action.The broom is also a symbolic object associated with witchcraft and ceremonial magic.


  1. broom

    A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of stiff fibers (often made from materials such as plastic, hair, or corn husks) attached to, and roughly parallel with, a cylindrical handle. It is typically long-handled and used for sweeping floors or other surfaces.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broomnoun

    a plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers

  2. Broomnoun

    an implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom

  3. Broomverb

    see Bream


  1. Broom

    A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of stiff fibers attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. It is thus a variety of brush with a long handle. It is commonly used in combination with a dustpan.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broom

    brōōm, n. a name given to a number of species of shrubs of the closely allied genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium: a besom made of its twigs.—v.t. to sweep with a broom.—ns. Broom′-corn, a species of plant resembling maize, cultivated for its seed and its spikes, of which brooms are made; Broom′-rape, a parasitic plant found adhering to the root of broom, clover, &c.; Broom′staff, Broom′stick, the staff or handle of a broom.—adj. Broom′y, abounding in or consisting of broom.—To marry over the broomstick, or To jump the besom, to go through an irregular form of marriage, in which both jump over a broomstick. [A.S. bróm; Ger. bram.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broom

    A besom at the mast-head signifies that the ship is to be sold: derived probably from the old practice of displaying boughs at shops and taverns. Also, a sort of spartium, of which ropes are made.

Editors Contribution

  1. broom

    A type of tool created and designed in various colors, handle, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Some people use a broom to sweep, others use one as a prop, others use one as part of a costume for Halloween.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BROOM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Broom is ranked #6484 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Broom surname appeared 5,236 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Broom.

    69.3% or 3,632 total occurrences were White.
    25.8% or 1,351 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 123 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 92 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 23 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broom in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of broom in a Sentence

  1. Tim Murtaugh:

    Democrats are trying to keep President Trump from speaking to voters because they know the enthusiasm behind President Trump reelection campaign can not be matched by Joe Biden -- a historically weak candidate controlled by the radical left who could hold a campaign event in a broom closet.

  2. Charles 'Mr. Go Hard' Scott:

    The way I move about a room will make a BROOM gasp and swoon

  3. Mr Pearse:

    I just had a broom in the back of the ute and … basically just got him off the car nice and safely, and just ushered him into the bushland off on the side of the road.

  4. Unknown:

    A new broom sweeps clean!

  5. Michele Bachmann:

    They said well, there's a broom closet over here off of Statuary Hall.

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