Definition of broomstick in US English:



  • 1The long handle of a broom.

    • ‘Grab a very lightweight bar or broomstick.’
    • ‘Little did he know that it had a broomstick stuck underneath the handle from the other side, to prevent it from being opened.’
    • ‘Andrea threw the pieces of broomstick to the floor and walked off.’
    • ‘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 school is kept very clean with the use of broomsticks.’
    • ‘Mrs Purlan praised the ‘100 per cent effort’ of a group of schoolchildren, who made a giant bat with broomsticks and bin bags.’
    • ‘Canvases for the Rite are spread on the floor, surrounded by buckets of paint, brushes and broomsticks with sponges.’
    • ‘We stormed Floyd's bedroom, hoping to drive the fiends from their nests with broomsticks.’
    • ‘Did you know that if you unscrew the broomstick off the brush, it provides a makeshift crutch of sorts?’
    • ‘Who hasn't staged an impromptu stand-off with an umbrella, broomstick or the nearest domestic appliance to hand?’
    • ‘Inside, he met the singer Bobby Byrd and formed a gospel quartet, using combs, broomsticks and washtubs for instruments.’
    • ‘‘The broomsticks with plastic handles cost a bit more, - Rs.8 or 10,’ says Angammal.’
    • ‘Fix up that dusty broomstick from the hall closet and use it for a besom.’
    • ‘‘Then it's simply a matter of tying the flag to a pole, like an old broomstick or piece of bamboo‘.’
    • ‘Part of the ceremony was for the couple to jump over a broomstick or brush across the threshold of the new living quarters.’
    • ‘I used nothing but broomsticks and corn stalks to make this piece of art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A supervisor, instead of calling explosive experts, wrapped a broomstick handle with plastic and used it to stir the jelly.’
    • ‘Generations of youngsters have grown up waving rulers, branches and broomsticks as they play out ninja or pirate fantasies.’
    • ‘We'd just chase them up the street with our broomsticks, laughing.’
    1. 1.1 A broom (especially one made of twigs) on which, in children's literature, witches are said to fly.
      • ‘No car, no broomstick, no other form of transportation came close to the ride that Kate had that morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As they walked further inside the park, they saw some witches flying around with broomsticks and wizards chasing them high up the sky.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Witches arrived on their broomsticks and skeletons travelled in large numbers to the party.’
      • ‘However, for most of us, Halloween is the night for witches and broomsticks, fire and black cats.’
      • ‘Gryffindor seems headed for victory until Harry's broomstick turns into a bucking bronco.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The witches would fly to the meeting riding their broomsticks accompanied by black cats.’
      • ‘All manner of witch paraphernalia adorn the walls and bar - there are stained-glass witch windows and witches on broomsticks hanging from the ceilings.’
      • ‘There were Dorothy look-alikes inspired by The Wizard of Oz, witches with broomsticks, and numerous bits of arbitrary, minimally edited business.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’