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ax 1

n. & v.
Variant of axe.

ax 2

 (ăks) or axe
v. ax·ed, ax·ing, ax·es Nonstandard
Variant of ask.
Our Living Language Ax, a nonstandard variant of ask, is often identified as an especially salient feature of African American Vernacular English. The usage occurs most frequently in the speech of Southern, working-class African Americans, but it occurs occasionally in the speech of working-class white Southerners as well. Interestingly, it was once common among New Englanders, but it largely died out in the early 19th century. The widespread use of this pronunciation should not be surprising since ax is a very old word in English, having been used in England for over 1,000 years. In Old English we find both āscian and ācsian, and in Middle English both asken and axen. Moreover, the forms with cs or x had no stigma associated with them. Manuscripts of Chaucer use asken and axen interchangeably, as in the lines "I wol aske, if it hir will be / To be my wyf" and "Men axed hym, what sholde bifalle," both from The Canterbury Tales. The forms in x arose from the forms in sk by a linguistic process called metathesis, in which two sounds are reversed. The x thus represents (ks), the flipped version of (sk). Metathesis is a common linguistic process around the world and does not arise from a defect in speaking. Nevertheless, ax has become stigmatized as substandard—a fate that has befallen other words, like ain't, that were once perfectly acceptable in literate circles.


or axe


n., pl. ax•es (ˈæk sɪz) n.
1. a tool with a blade on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.
2. Slang. a jazz instrument, esp. a guitar or saxophone.
3. the ax,
a. a sudden, peremptory dismissal, as from a job.
b. a usu. summary removal or curtailment.
4. to shape or trim with an ax.
5. to chop, split, or break open with an ax.
6. to dismiss, restrict, or remove, esp. brutally or summarily: Congress axed the budget.
have an ax to grind, to have a particular personal or selfish motive.
[before 1000; Old English æx, æces; akin to Old High German acc(h)us, a(c)kus, Old Norse øx, ǫx, Gothic aquizi, Latin ascia (<*acsiā), Greek axinē]




Past participle: axed
Gerund: axing

I ax
you ax
he/she/it axes
we ax
you ax
they ax
I axed
you axed
he/she/it axed
we axed
you axed
they axed
Present Continuous
I am axing
you are axing
he/she/it is axing
we are axing
you are axing
they are axing
Present Perfect
I have axed
you have axed
he/she/it has axed
we have axed
you have axed
they have axed
Past Continuous
I was axing
you were axing
he/she/it was axing
we were axing
you were axing
they were axing
Past Perfect
I had axed
you had axed
he/she/it had axed
we had axed
you had axed
they had axed
I will ax
you will ax
he/she/it will ax
we will ax
you will ax
they will ax
Future Perfect
I will have axed
you will have axed
he/she/it will have axed
we will have axed
you will have axed
they will have axed
Future Continuous
I will be axing
you will be axing
he/she/it will be axing
we will be axing
you will be axing
they will be axing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been axing
you have been axing
he/she/it has been axing
we have been axing
you have been axing
they have been axing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been axing
you will have been axing
he/she/it will have been axing
we will have been axing
you will have been axing
they will have been axing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been axing
you had been axing
he/she/it had been axing
we had been axing
you had been axing
they had been axing
I would ax
you would ax
he/she/it would ax
we would ax
you would ax
they would ax
Past Conditional
I would have axed
you would have axed
he/she/it would have axed
we would have axed
you would have axed
they would have axed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handleax - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
ax handle, axe handle - the handle of an ax
ax head, axe head - the cutting head of an ax
blade - the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
broadax, broadaxe - a large ax with a broad cutting blade
common ax, common axe, Dayton ax, Dayton axe - an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
double-bitted ax, double-bitted axe, Western ax, Western axe - an ax that has cutting edges on both sides of the head
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
fireman's ax, fireman's axe - an ax that has a long handle and a head with one cutting edge and a point on the other side
haft, helve - the handle of a weapon or tool
hatchet - a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
ice ax, ice axe, piolet - an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
poleax, poleaxe - an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade - chop or split with an axax - chop or split with an ax; "axe wood"
hack, chop - cut with a hacking tool - terminateax - terminate; "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"


Informal. The act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed from employment:
Slang: boot, bounce, sack.
Informal. To end the employment or service of:
Informal: fire, pink-slip.
Slang: boot, bounce, can, sack.
Idioms: give someone his or her walking papers, give someone the ax, give someone the gate, give someone the pink slip, let go, show someone the door.


(ӕks) (American) ax noun
a tool with a (long) handle and a metal blade for cutting down trees and cutting wood etc into pieces.
1. to get rid of; to dismiss. They've axed 50% of their staff.
2. to reduce (costs, services etc). Government spending in education has been axed.


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