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or battle-axe

[bat-l-aks] /ˈbæt lˌæks/
a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.
Origin of battle-ax
1350-1400; Middle English batelax Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • I got after his helmet, battle-ax, and family tree, by Jove!

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • Given armor and a battle-ax, and nothing could have stood before him.

    Dwellers in Arcady

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Besides the spear a sword or a battle-ax hung at the side of each.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There, he has knocked down the leader of the defenders as if his club had been a battle-ax.

  • In Bontoc the head weapon is a battle-ax, in Quiangan it is a long knife.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • Its legs were severed from the body with the battle-ax and put in the pot.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • Most heads are cut off with the battle-ax before the wounded man is dead.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • This is to divert the battle-ax of their enemy from their own necks.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • As he said it, he swung his battle-ax and off popped the head of the dragon.

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • Even when the lad raised his battle-ax the dragon made no move.

    Modern Essays John Macy
Slang definitions & phrases for battle-ax



An ill-tempered woman, esp a mean old woman; virago (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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