or bat·tle-axe

[ bat-l-aks ]
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  1. a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.

  2. Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.

Origin of battle-ax

1350–1400; Middle English batelax

Words Nearby battle-ax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use battle-ax in a sentence

  • Tulubin, the next pueblo to Ambawan, and only an hour from it, uses almost solely the Baliwang battle-ax.

    The Bontoc Igorot | Albert Ernest Jenks