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broom +‎ handle


broomstick (plural broomsticks)

  1. the handle of a broom (sweeping tool).
  2. (witchcraft) A broom imbued with magic, enabling one to fly astride the handle.



  • 1997, Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week [1]
    She really was a witch now. No one but a witch could fly a broomstick.
  • 1999 J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban →ISBN
    Harry ripped the parcel open and gasped as a magnificent, gleaming broomstick rolled out onto his bedspread. [...] It was a Firebolt, identical to the dream broom Harry had gone to see every day in Diagon Alley.
  • 2002, Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad [2]
    Greebo, hiccuping occasionally, oozed into his accustomed place among the bristles of Nanny’s broomstick. As they rose above the forest a thin plume of smoke also rose from the castle.
  • 2003, David Pickering, Cassell's Dictionary of Superstitions [3]
    Most people are familiar with the age-old superstition that witches fly on broomsticks to their covens (though they were formerly also reputed to use shovels, cleft sticks, eggshells, ANIMALS and other means of flight).