Definition of besom in English:

besom

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːz(ə)m
 
, ˈbɪz-/

noun

  • 1A broom made of twigs tied round a stick.
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    • Players have brooms, known as besoms, to sweep the ice clear of snow or debris so that nothing slows the passage of the stones.
    • One Dorset broom maker was even making a special version of his household besom broom for the younger visitors - a Nimbus 2000, guaranteed to attract all Harry Potter fans!
    • He followed this by sitting down and making a besom - a brush made from birch twigs.
  • 2Scottish & Northern English derogatory A woman or girl.
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    • She was a cunning old besom and had seen instantly through Janet and my efforts to be professional and pleasant.
    • It was the old besom who had stood behind the reception counter when she arrived.
    • Then, as everyone stared at the old besom, the rapt silence was broken by the rolling thunder of a single cannon, setting the seabirds to wheeling and shrieking.

Origin

Old English besema, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch bezem and German Besen.

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