- An axe having a hammer face opposite the blade, used to slaughter cattle.
- A medieval battle-axe consisting of a long shaft ending in an axe or a combination of an axe, hammer, and pick.
transitive verbpole·axed, pole·ax·ing, pole·ax·es
To strike or fell with or as if with a poleaxe: “When a gang of doves circled above the flowing water and swooped in to feed, he poleaxed the leader with a clean head shot” ( William Hoffman )
Origin of poleaxeMiddle English alteration ( influenced by pole long piece of wood ) of pollax poll head ; see poll . ax axe ; see axe .
(third-person singular simple present poleaxes, present participle poleaxing, simple past and past participle poleaxed)
- to fell someone with, or as if with, a poleaxe