1 a term of contempt for a person, usually, but not always, a woman: ‘Give me that you cruel bissum!’I screamed, as I lunged at Joey’s trousers-front. 19-.
2 an impudent, cheeky, rascally person or animal 20-.
3 an old woman 20-.
4 a broom, a sweeping brush la16-. etymology: Scots; Old English besema, besma = Old Frisian besma, Old High German besamo, Middle High German besme, besem; form besom senses 1 and 4 attested by BW; sense 1 attested by BS in TDITA JS; sense 3 attested SR