Definition of poleax
1 : a battle-ax with a short handle and often a hook or spike opposite the blade; also : one with a long handle used as an ornamental weapon
2 : an ax used in slaughtering cattle
Origin of poleax
Middle English polax, pollax, from pol, polle poll + ax
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of poleax
: to hit and knock down (someone)
Full Definition of poleax
: to attack, strike, or fell with or as if with a poleax
Examples of poleax
He went down as if he'd been poleaxed.
First Known Use of poleax
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