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or bat·tle-ax (băt′l-ăks′)
1. A heavy broad-headed axe formerly used as a weapon.
2. Derogatory A woman considered to be overbearing.


or bat•tle-axe

(ˈbæt lˌæks)

1. a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
2. Slang. an aggressive, domineering woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battle-ax - a broadax used as a weaponbattle-ax - a broadax used as a weapon    
broadax, broadaxe - a large ax with a broad cutting blade
halberd - a pike fitted with an ax head
Lochaber ax - a battle-ax formerly used by Scottish Highlanders
poleax, poleaxe - a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick
2.battle-ax - a sharp-tongued domineering wifebattle-ax - a sharp-tongued domineering wife  
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage


or battle-axe
Informal. A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
References in classic literature ?
Here once again history and story are mingled, and Robert the Bruce swings his battle-ax and wings his faultless arrow, saving his people from the English yoke.
It was as singular as it was gratifying that I was also so fortunate as to find among the rubbish of the arena, a stained and mutilated copy of the Roman Daily Battle-Ax, containing a critique upon this very performance.
Meanwhile, the massacre continued on both sides, with battle-axes and war-clubs; as quickly as one of the combatants fell, a hostile warrior ran up to cut off his head, while the women, mingling in the fray, gathered up these bloody trophies, and piled them together at either extremity of the battle-field.
The electric lights upon their brows gleamed brightly, their battle-axes were poised as if to strike down their foes; yet they remained motionless as statues, awaiting the word of command.
Then strapping our revolvers round our waists, and taking in our hands the battle-axes which the king had sent with the armour, we started.
"Oh, but he knows a great deal about fighting," said Tom, "and how they used to fight with bows and arrows, and battle-axes."
If, by any extraordinary chance, there was no war going, then they got up a deadly family feud with the next-door neighbor, and if, in spite of this, they still had a few spare moments on their hands, they occupied them with discussions as to whose sweetheart was the best looking, the arguments employed on both sides being battle-axes, clubs, etc.