besom

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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).

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besom (plural besoms)

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

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besom (third-person singular simple present besoms, present participle besoming, simple past and past participle besomed)

  1. (archaic, poetic) To sweep.
    • 1954, Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood, page 13,
      Now, in her iceberg-white, holily laundered crinoline nightgown, under virtuous polar sheets, in her spruced and scoured dust-defying bedroom in trig and trim Bay View, a house for paying guests at the top of the town, Mrs Ogmore-Prichard widow, twice, of Mr Ogmore, linolium, retired, and Mr Prichard, failed bookmaker, who maddened by besoming, swabbing and scrubbing, the voice of the vacuum-cleaner and the fume of polish, ironically swallowed disinfectant...

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