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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • besom pocket — be′som pock et n. clo an interior pocket with edging or stitching around the slot opening • Etymology: besom, of undetermined orig …   From formal English to slang

  • besom heath — šluotinė erika statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erikinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Erica scoparia), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Erica scoparia angl. besom heath šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • besom-head — beˈsom head noun A blockhead • • • Main Entry: ↑besom …   Useful english dictionary

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