- a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
- Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.
- (formerly) a large broad-headed axe
- informal an argumentative domineering woman
late 14c., weapon of war, from battle (n.) + axe (n.); meaning “formidable woman” is U.S. slang, first recorded 1896.