or broad·axe


noun, plural broad·ax·es [brawd-ak-siz] /ˈbrɔdˌæk sɪz/.

an ax for hewing timber.
an ax with a broad head, used as a battle-ax.

Origin of broadax

before 1000; Middle English brodax, Old English brādæx. See broad, ax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broadax

Historical Examples of broadax

  • Our table was made of puncheons split with a wedge and hewed with a broadax.

  • Our floor was of maple split with wedges and hewed out with a broadax.

  • We had a broadax and we drove it into a block of wood and used it for an anvil.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

  • The joists above and below were made of logs, the upper ones squared with a broadax.

  • A broadax was, you know, twelve or fourteen inches wide and the handle was curved a little.