Definition of battle-ax in English:

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battle-ax

Pronunciation: /ˈbadlaks/
(also battle-axe)

noun

1A large broad-bladed ax used in ancient warfare.
Example sentences
  • Weaponry consisted of battleaxes, thrusting spears and daggers for the infantry, while the leaders in their battlewagons carry sheafs of javelins.
  • Most of the Order of Tomanâk's knights were medium or heavy horse who fought with lance, sword, battleaxe, or mace.
  • They armed themselves with a range of dangerous weapons such as battleaxes and knives deployed in frequent fights for control and authority in and around the mining complexes.
Synonyms
poleax, ax, pike, halberd, tomahawk
2 informal A formidably aggressive older woman.
Example sentences
  • So I went to Woolworths (I wasn't going to confront one of those painted battleaxes in House of Fraser) and bought some brown mascara.
  • Women in uniform were portrayed as brainless glamour girls, in the military for a good time, or as man-hating battleaxes.
  • The town's most eligible young widow - well, older than he is by about ten years, but still, far from being the battleaxe he'd imagined her to be - is definitely coming on to him.

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Syllabification: bat·tle-ax

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