Definition of broomstick in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbro͞omˌstik/ /ˈbrumˌstɪk/ /ˈbro͝omˌstik/ /ˈbrʊmˌstɪk/


  • 1The long handle of a broom.

    • ‘Grab a very lightweight bar or broomstick.’
    • ‘Andrea threw the pieces of broomstick to the floor and walked off.’
    • ‘Fix up that dusty broomstick from the hall closet and use it for a besom.’
    • ‘Who hasn't staged an impromptu stand-off with an umbrella, broomstick or the nearest domestic appliance to hand?’
    • ‘Did you know that if you unscrew the broomstick off the brush, it provides a makeshift crutch of sorts?’
    • ‘Canvases for the Rite are spread on the floor, surrounded by buckets of paint, brushes and broomsticks with sponges.’
    • ‘Part of the ceremony was for the couple to jump over a broomstick or brush across the threshold of the new living quarters.’
    • ‘Accompanied by Andrew Cruickshank's playful musical score the men embark on choreographed movement with broomsticks, feather dusters and an array of brushes to explore their relationship with their environment.’
    • ‘‘The broomsticks with plastic handles cost a bit more, - Rs.8 or 10,’ says Angammal.’
    • ‘Little did he know that it had a broomstick stuck underneath the handle from the other side, to prevent it from being opened.’
    • ‘A supervisor, instead of calling explosive experts, wrapped a broomstick handle with plastic and used it to stir the jelly.’
    • ‘The school is kept very clean with the use of broomsticks.’
    • ‘‘Then it's simply a matter of tying the flag to a pole, like an old broomstick or piece of bamboo‘.’
    • ‘I found a microphone covered in duct tape in the lost and found box, taped that to a broomstick and had the best shows of my life.’
    • ‘We stormed Floyd's bedroom, hoping to drive the fiends from their nests with broomsticks.’
    • ‘Inside, he met the singer Bobby Byrd and formed a gospel quartet, using combs, broomsticks and washtubs for instruments.’
    • ‘We'd just chase them up the street with our broomsticks, laughing.’
    • ‘Generations of youngsters have grown up waving rulers, branches and broomsticks as they play out ninja or pirate fantasies.’
    • ‘Mrs Purlan praised the ‘100 per cent effort’ of a group of schoolchildren, who made a giant bat with broomsticks and bin bags.’
    • ‘I used nothing but broomsticks and corn stalks to make this piece of art.’
    1. 1.1A broom (especially one made of twigs) on which, in children's literature, witches are said to fly.
      • ‘Last year, over dinner, I mentioned that the stereotype of witches flying on broomsticks came about because they used to make a hallucinogenic poultice from deadly nightshade.’
      • ‘All manner of witch paraphernalia adorn the walls and bar - there are stained-glass witch windows and witches on broomsticks hanging from the ceilings.’
      • ‘Around the cities TV and billboards sporting witches on broomsticks and wild scary false faces, dominate the run up to the first of November 1st.’
      • ‘Witches arrived on their broomsticks and skeletons travelled in large numbers to the party.’
      • ‘A six-metre high opening is known as the Witches Cave because the shadow cast by the lighting on the cave wall looks rather like a witch riding her broomstick.’
      • ‘The winner in the seven to 12 age group was Lea Eyre, with a picture of a witch on a broomstick.’
      • ‘When I arrived, I was standing outside a normal brick house, there were no witches passing by or broomsticks parked in the garden, so I felt brave enough to knock on the door, the door was answered by a lady not much older than me, I was in shock!’
      • ‘As they walked further inside the park, they saw some witches flying around with broomsticks and wizards chasing them high up the sky.’
      • ‘However, for most of us, Halloween is the night for witches and broomsticks, fire and black cats.’
      • ‘According to German folklore, on April 30th witches fly their broomsticks to the mountains for a heathen festival, coinciding with the night the ancient deities conceived spring.’
      • ‘There were Dorothy look-alikes inspired by The Wizard of Oz, witches with broomsticks, and numerous bits of arbitrary, minimally edited business.’
      • ‘The refreshment table including several cakes, two shaped like pumpkins, two like headstones, and one circular cake was like a full moon with a cleverly iced witch on a broomstick flying in front of it.’
      • ‘Maybe one day somebody will do right by the community, but at least this show portrays them as ‘good witches’ without a broomstick in sight.’
      • ‘Then we'd collect withered dry leaves and cipins and light a bonfire around which we'd dance and make weird noises, dressed as witches and really imagining we were flying on broomsticks.’
      • ‘The witches would fly to the meeting riding their broomsticks accompanied by black cats.’
      • ‘No car, no broomstick, no other form of transportation came close to the ride that Kate had that morning.’
      • ‘Gryffindor seems headed for victory until Harry's broomstick turns into a bucking bronco.’
      • ‘And Narnia idealises the simple things in life, while the more up-to-date, affluent Harry drools over the latest must-have broomstick, the Nimbus 2000.’
      • ‘A huge witch, with her hooked nose, black cape and hat and broomstick stared out from an assortment of wonderful Hallowe'en creations, all made by the children.’
      • ‘From Harry's look of worry before walking onto the field, to the unbelievable flying broomstick scenes, the audience immediately gets caught up in the match between Gryffindor and Slytherin.’



/ˈbro͞omˌstik/ /ˈbrumˌstɪk/ /ˈbro͝omˌstik/ /ˈbrʊmˌstɪk/