Definition of hand-axe in English:

hand-axe

(US hand-ax)

noun

  • 1An axe designed to be held in one hand, formerly especially as a weapon.

  • 2Archaeology. A prehistoric stone implement, typical of the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic periods, usually oval or pear-shaped and worked on both sides, used for chopping, cutting, and scraping things.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Harley Glossary. From hand + axe.

Pronunciation

hand-axe

/ˈhandaks/