from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavy broad-headed ax formerly used as a weapon.
  • noun Slang A woman considered to be overbearing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ax used as a weapon of war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An axe, used in combat as a weapon; usually large and often double-headed.
  • noun informal A belligerent and often unattractive person, especially a woman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a broadax used as a weapon
  • noun a sharp-tongued domineering wife


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  • A guard stood before each, leaning on the shaft of an inverted battle-ax, but they stepped aside when they saw Tattersall approach.

    End of Time

  • The rest of the wayward thought vanished as the creature lunged forward, its battle-ax leading the charge.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • The creature kept coming, its oversized battle-ax a blur as it twirled the weapon in its hands.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • Her opponent reacted faster than she had anticipated, already raising its battle-ax in defense.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • Bee calls herself the old battle-ax of the show, having arrived in 2003 before any of her fellow correspondents.

    Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' has exploded beyond its humble late-night comedy roots

  • Attendants brought him a jeweled helmet and armed him with a double-bladed battle-ax and a shield with a spike at its center.


  • In ancient and medieval days, when men fought hand to hand, and physical endurance alone decided the day, the number of eminent leaders was greater; but, who conceives that Alexander, Xerxes, Caesar, or Hannibal would have been eminent as leaders of modern hosts, where gunpowder and engineering genius are the ministers of destruction, rather than the battle-ax and broad-sword?

    The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow, Part 5: The Cookhouse Revolution

  • Surgery, the traditional battle-ax against cancer, was considered too primitive, too indiscriminate, and too weary.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • “Beth, pray tell me I cannot have heard you correctly,” the battle-ax said in an unpleasantly piercing voice that matched the look she was giving him.


  • Two much older women, one a tall, mannish-looking battle-ax with a crown of iron gray braids who was undoubtedly a lady by birth, the other also tall but spare, with silvery hair confined primly at her nape and the look of an upper servant about her, were then hugged by Beth in turn.



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