belated 14c., weapon of war, from struggle (letter.) + axe (n.); meaning "formidable girl" is U.S. slang, first taped 1896.
a sharp-tongued domineering wife
- a broadax used as a gun
- some sort of broadax previously made use of as an offensive gun.
(letter.) Some sort of broadax previously used as an offensive weapon.
The principal weapons of the Irish soldiers were a lance, a sword and a shield; though prior to the Anglo-Norman invasion they had adopted the battle-axe from the Scandinavians.