battle-ax

noun bat·tle-ax \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌaks \
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 Defined for English Language Learners

battle-ax

Definition of battle-ax for English Language Learners

  • : an ax with a large blade that was used as a weapon in the past

  • : an unpleasant older woman who speaks in an angry way and tries to control others


BATTLE-AX Defined for Kids

battle-ax

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

Definition of battle-ax for Students

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

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