- battle-axes(The spellings battleaxe, and in American English battle-ax are also used.)1) N-COUNT (disapproval) If you call a middle-aged or older woman a battle-axe, you mean she is very difficult and unpleasant because of her fierce and determined attitude. [INFORMAL]
Grandma is something else - a battle-axe from the old country who hasn't smiled in decades.Syn:2) N-COUNT A battle-axe is a large axe that was used as a weapon.
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battle-axe — late 14c., weapon of war, from BATTLE (Cf. battle) + AXE (Cf. axe); meaning formidable woman is U.S. slang, first recorded 1896 … Etymology dictionary
Battle-axe — Battle ax Bat tle ax Battle axe Bat tle axe ( [a^]ks ), n. (Mil.) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Battle axe — A battle axe (also battle axe or battle ax) is an axe specifically designed as a weapon. Battle axes were specialized versions of utility axes. Many were suitable for use in one hand, while others were larger and were wielded two handed. Axes… … Wikipedia
battle-axe — noun 1. a broadax used as a weapon • Syn: ↑battle ax • Hypernyms: ↑broadax, ↑broadaxe • Hyponyms: ↑Lochaber ax, ↑poleax, ↑poleaxe … Useful english dictionary
battle axe — n. heavy axe with a broad edge used in the past as offensive weapon; (Slang) sharp tongued hostile and pushy woman … English contemporary dictionary
battle-axe — noun see battle ax … New Collegiate Dictionary
battle-axe — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun See battle ax … English dictionary for students
battle axe — noun a) An ancient military weapon. b) This weapon borne on arms as a mark of prowess … Wiktionary
Battle-axe — A mallet or heavy war club. Applied metaphorically (Jer. 51:20) to Cyrus, God s instrument in destroying Babylon … Easton's Bible Dictionary
battle-axe — Ko i pāhoa (stone) … English-Hawaiian dictionary