brom, verb

Also broom.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch brommen to drone, hum, grumble, mutter.
1. intransitive. Of a cock ostrich: to make a booming call; boom verb.
[1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. I. 121The male ostrich sits on the nest..during the night, the better to defend the eggs from jackals and other nocturnal plunderers; towards morning he brommels or utters a grumbling sound, for the female to come and take his place.]
1890 A. Martin Home Life 128The departed hen was evidently his favourite wife; and disconsolate at her loss, he ran restlessly about the camp for some time, brooming repeatedly.
1968 P. Page in F. Goldie Ostrich Country 62That night I heard the old bird bromming, a sound almost like a faint lion’s roar.
1970 M. Hobson Informant, TzaneenI heard the cock ostrich ‘brom’ in the ‘Kamp’ this morning.
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 82He could make the most impressive bass sounds, coming deep out out of his throat and chest like a ‘volstruis bromming’.
a. intransitive. To grumble or complain.
1976 Informant, GrahamstownHe didn’t bring me back my car so I had to walk to the hairdresser’s, bromming all the way I can tell you.
1987 M. Olivier in Fair Lady 11 Nov. 126I seldom get really angry; I tend to brom and boom and end up going to bed with a migraine.
b. transitive. To say (something) in a grumbling fashion.
1979 Blossom in Darling 16 May 131‘You still on that phone..?’ ‘She doesn’t have to pay blerry phone bills..’ broms the ole man from behind the paper.
to make a booming call; boomverb.
To grumble or complain.
To say (something) in a grumbling fashion.
Hence (sense 1) bromming /ˈbrɔmɪŋ/ verbal noun, also brooming, (the action of producing) the sound made by a cock ostrich (see brom noun).
1890 A. Martin Home Life 110After a good rain, ostriches soon begin to make their nests; the males become very savage, and their note of defiance — brooming, as it is called by the Dutch — is heard in all directions.
1912 S. Afr. Agric. Jrnl Jan. 24 (Pettman)In the characteristic bromming or booming of the cock during the pairing season, the neck becomes greatly inflated by the filling of the foodpipe with air.
1948 H.V. Morton In Search of S. Afr. 119The sound he (sc. the male ostrich) makes in the breeding season has often been mistaken for the roar of a lion and is called ‘brooming’.
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