- 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
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Examples from the Web for battle-axe
Brandishing his battle-axe, he came towards me at furious speed.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
The King "gave his battle-axe the swing," and tossed it with his full force.Our Fathers Have Told Us
All, without exception, carried sword or battle-axe and shield.
Beside him stood a warrior with a battle-axe, and a steel helmet on his head.
Here they faced each other; the one drew his sword, the other raised his battle-axe.
- (formerly) a large broad-headed axe
- informal an argumentative domineering woman
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Word Origin and History for battle-axe
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