Besom

  • 1 Besom — Be som, n. [OE. besme, besum, AS. besma; akin to D. bezem, OHG pesamo, G. besen; of uncertain origin.] A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys. [Archaic or Fig.] [1913 Webster] I will sweep it with the besom …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Besom — Be som, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besomed}.] To sweep, as with a besom. [Archaic or Poetic] Cowper. [1913 Webster] Rolls back all Greece, and besoms wide the plain. Barlow. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 besom — (n.) O.E. besma bundle of twigs (used as a broom or a flail), from W.Gmc. *besmon (Cf. O.Fris. besma, O.S. besmo, O.H.G. besmo, Ger. Besen, Du. bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps something bound or twisted, from PIE *bheidh …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 besom — ► NOUN 1) a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. 2) derogatory, chiefly Scottish & N. English a woman or girl. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 besom — [bē′zəm] n. [ME besme < OE besma, broom, rod < WGmc * besman > Ger besen] a broom, esp. one made of twigs tied to a handle …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 besom — I Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Originally a broomstick, now means a cheeky hussy, loose woman, or hing oot. Example: Yi gallus wee besom, eh ll skelp yir erse! II Mawdesley Glossary 1. a brush made from small twigs. 2. an old woman o ill repute …

    English dialects glossary

  • 7 besom — noun Etymology: Middle English beseme, from Old English besma; akin to Old High German besmo broom Date: before 12th century broom 2; especially one made of twigs …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 besom — /bee zeuhm/, n. 1. a broom, esp. one of brush or twigs. 2. broom (def. 2). [bef. 1000; ME besem, OE bes(e)ma; c. D bezem, G Besen] * * * …

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  • 9 besom — 1. noun A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft. 2. verb To sweep. 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… …

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  • 10 Besom —    The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning sweeper, occurs only in Isa. 14:23, of the sweeping away, the utter ruin, of Babylon …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 11 besom — be·som || biːzÉ™m n. broom made of twigs …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 besom — [ bi:z(ə)m, bɪz ] noun 1》 a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. 2》 Scottish & N. English derogatory a woman or girl. Origin OE besema, of W. Gmc origin …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 besom — noun (C) a large brush made of sticks tied together around a long handle …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 besom — be·som …

    English syllables

  • 15 besom — be•som [[t]ˈbi zəm[/t]] n. a broom, esp. one of brush or twigs • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME besem, OE bes(e)ma, c. OFris besma, OSbesmo, OHG besamo …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 besom — /ˈbizəm/ (say beezuhm) noun 1. brush or twigs bound together as a broom. 2. a broom of any kind. {Middle English besum broom, rod, Old English besema} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 besom —  a broom. N. Salop …

    A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • 18 besom — n. 1 a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. 2 esp. N.Engl. derog. or joc. a woman. Etymology: OE besema …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 Besom broom — Besom brooms are traditionally made of twigs tied to a larger pole and are the broom traditionally associated with witches. As a result of its construction, the besom is rounded instead of flat. The bristles can be made of many materials… …

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  • 20 Besom pocket — A Besom Pocket is a set in pocket (the pocket opening is cut into the garment rather than applied set on like a patch pocket) that is finished and strengthened with piping or fabric welts along its length. It is also known in the American… …

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