broomie

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From broom +‎ -ie (diminutive suffix).

NounEdit

broomie (plural broomies)

  1. (informal) A person who wields a broom.
    • 2005, Bernie DeKoven, Junkyard Sports, page 37,
      Two players are named broomies, and each is positiones at either end of the court. Each has two brooms.
  2. (informal, Australia) A person who sweeps the floor and possibly does other menial tasks in a shearing shed.
    • 1913, New South Wales Dept of Agriculture, The Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, Volume 23, page 872,
      In some big single-board sheds, where pickers-up and broomies have to dodge shearers who are continually crossing the board, plenty of space is necessary, and the board should not be less than 10 feet wide.
    • 1990, John Bernard D′Arcy, Sheep Management and Wool Technology, page 103,
      The ′broomie′, or board boy, should keep the wool pushed up to the lamb being shorn.
  3. (informal, US) A broomtail (unbroken range mare).
    • 1927, David M. Newell, Cougars & Cowboys, page 134,
      In the lead of the broomies ran a beautiful cream buckskin, with black mane flying proudly!
    • 1972 August, Adrienne Richard, Sundance and the Princess, Boys' Life, page 22,
      A broomtail, we called it, and usually broomies had their tails “pulled,” trimmed up, when they were broken to saddle, but I didn't want Sundance′s tail cut.
    • 1989, Stella Hughes, Hashknife Cowboy: Recollections of Mack Hughes, page 165,
      One day after corralling a bunch of broomies in a pole corral, I roped a big blue-roan mare that wore a brand.
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