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sax1

[saks] /sæks/
noun, Informal.
1.
Origin of sax1
by shortening

sax2

[saks] /sæks/
noun
1.
a short, single-edged sword of ancient Scandinavia.
Origin
before 900; Middle English sexe, Old English seax, sæx; cognate with Old Norse sax (Swedish, Danish sax scissors). See saw1

Sax.

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  • sax introduced him as an old friend and as his partner in the business.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • Wha's to say it is no' undergoing a repair—that the roof is off, and will not be on for sax months to come.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • She saw the sax; and withal had her heart forgotten, her flesh might well remember.

  • I warnt him against it, an' I telt him his ither wumman was deid but sax months.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • They war' a' Camerons and M'Donalds, though they paraded sax hundred men!

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for sax

sax1

/sæks/
noun
1.
a tool resembling a small axe, used for cutting roofing slate
Word Origin
Old English seax knife; related to Old Saxon sahs, Old Norse sax

sax2

/sæks/
noun
1.
(informal) short for saxophone
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Word Origin and History for sax
n.

1923, colloquial shortening of saxophone.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sax

sax

modifier

: a sax virtuoso

noun

A saxophone (1923+)

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Related Abbreviations for sax

sax

saxophone

Sax.

Saxon
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