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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. 2015.
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  • You go not in gleaming steel and fretted mail to meet the bite of blade and crash of battle-ax.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Besides the spear a sword or a battle-ax hung at the side of each.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Another day he exercised the battle-ax, which he so dextrously wielded that he was passed knight of arms in the field.

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

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • Given armor and a battle-ax, and nothing could have stood before him.

    Dwellers in Arcady Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Its legs were severed from the body with the battle-ax and put in the pot.

    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
  • The peace is sealed by some exchange, as of a battle-ax for a blanket, the people sued having the better part of the trade.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • He looks as though 'he would rush out with a battle-ax on his shoulder to meet a chariot.'

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
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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