Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Besom

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(biz·um) Dialect, chiefly Scot -n.
1. obstreperous girl or woman; female upstart (as in “Dinnae pou’ yer brither’s hair, ya wee besom“)
2. woman of low moral standing; a hussy (“Thon yin’s a right mucky besom“).
3. a broomstick or scourge; any broom made from loose twigs
4. a comet or its tail.


Clear not an -adj, but rather a -n!

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