From (etyl), from (etyl) , and also (etyl) (m).
* ax (largely US)
A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.
An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.
(informal) A dismissal or rejection.
* 1975 , (Bob Dylan), (Tangled Up in Blue)
- His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe .
- I had a job in the great North Woods
- Workin' as a cook for a spell.
- But I never did like it all that much
(slang, music) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.
(finance) A directional position or interest, by a dealer in a financial market – if one wishes to unload stock, one is “axed to sell” or “has an axe”.
- And one day the axe just fell.
[ ] Derived from “have an axe to grind”, which is also used.
Shedding the correlation ‘axe’, Risk magazine
In the United States, this spelling is often used to distinguish the weapon from the tool, though some simply don't use the "ax" spelling at all, and only use "axe".
* chop, pink slip, sack, boot
* have an axe to grind
* battle axe
To fell or chop with an axe.
To terminate or reduce tremendously in a rough or ruthless manner.
- The government announced its plans to axe public spending.
To lay off: to terminate a person's employment
- The broadcaster axed the series because far less people than expected watched it.
- He got axed in the last round of firings.
* (lay off) fire, lay off, downsize
(archaic) The axle of a wheel.
To furnish with an axle.
(obsolete, or, dialectal)
* 1395 , John Wycliffe, trans. Bible , 1 Corinthis 14:35:
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke IIi:
- But if thei wolen ony thing lerne, at home axe thei her hosebondis; for it is foule thing to a womman to speke in chirche.
- And the people axed hym, sayinge: What shall we do then.
To cease giving milk to an offspring; to accustom and reconcile (a child or young animal) to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder.
* Bible, Genesis xxi. 8
- The cow has weaned her calf.
To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.
- Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned .
* Jonathan Swift
- He managed to wean himself off heroin.
To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.
- The troubles of age were intended to wean us gradually from our fondness of life.
To cease to depend.
- The kittens are finally weaning .
- She is weaning from her addiction to tobacco.
(Scotland) A small child.
* 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 92:
- Pigs, cows and sheep and wee ducks, that was what he bought and it was just for weans and wee lasses. I said it to my maw.
* Elizabeth Browning
- Oh it is not weans' it is children. Oh Kieron, it is children and girls, do not say ' weans and lasses.
- I, being but a yearling wean .