meaning of battle-axe

battle-axe meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., weapon of war, from struggle (letter.) + axe (n.); meaning "formidable girl" is U.S. slang, first taped 1896.

battle-axe meaning in General Dictionary

a sharp-tongued domineering wife

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  • a broadax used as a gun
  • some sort of broadax previously made use of as an offensive gun.

battle-axe meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Some sort of broadax previously used as an offensive weapon.

Sentence Examples with the word battle-axe

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.

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