Definitions for battle-axˈbæt lˌæks
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
Slang. an aggressive, domineering woman.
Origin of battle-ax:
a broadax used as a weapon
a sharp-tongued domineering wife
An axe, used in combat as a weapon; usually large and often double-headed.
A belligerent and often unattractive person, especially a woman.
Naturally, she deeply resented having been called a battle-ax.
alt. of Battle-axe