- 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-ax
I got after his helmet, battle-ax, and family tree, by Jove!'Charge It'
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.St. George for England
G. A. Henty
In Bontoc the head weapon is a battle-ax, in Quiangan it is a long knife.The Bontoc Igorot
Albert Ernest Jenks