battle-ax

noun
bat·​tle-ax | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌaks How to pronounce battle-ax (audio) \
variants: or battle-axe

Definition of battle-ax

1 : a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war
2 : a usually older woman who is sharp-tongued, domineering, or combative

First Known Use of battle-ax

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Battle-ax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battle-ax. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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battle-ax

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English Language Learners Definition of battle-ax

: an ax with a large blade that was used as a weapon in the past
informal + disapproving : an unpleasant older woman who speaks in an angry way and tries to control others

battle-ax

noun
bat·​tle-ax
variants: or battle-axe \ ˈba-​tᵊl-​ˌaks \

Kids Definition of battle-ax

: an ax with a broad blade formerly used as a weapon

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