ax

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See also: AX, Ax, ax̱, .ax, -ax, and ах

English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ax (plural axes)

  1. (US) Alternative spelling of axe

Verb[edit]

ax (third-person singular simple present axes, present participle axing, simple past and past participle axed)

  1. Alternative spelling of axe

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English acsian/axian, showing metathesis from ascian. Ax/aks was the regular literary form until about 1600.

Verb[edit]

ax (third-person singular simple present axes, present participle axing, simple past and past participle axed)

  1. (now dialectal or nonstandard, especially African American Vernacular) Alternative form of ask
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts I:
      When they were come togedder, they axed off hym, sayinge: Master wilt thou at this tyme restore agayne the kyngdom of israhel?
    • 1879, Barnes, William, “The Welshnut Tree”, in Complete Poems of William Barnes, volume 1, page 106:
      Ar try who'l ax em the hardest riddle, / Ar soonest vind out oone put us, true;
    • 1979, Verna Mae Slone, What My Heart Wants to Tell, Kentucky 1988, p. 18:
      ‘I axed him if he knowed the way and he said he had not fergitten the lay of the land.’

Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ax

  1. not

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ax, from Proto-Germanic *ahsą.

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Noun[edit]

ax n (genitive singular ax, nominative plural öx)

  1. ear (of corn)

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Jamaican Creole[edit]

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Verb[edit]

ax

  1. ask

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English æx, æcs, from Proto-Germanic *akwisī.

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Noun[edit]

ax (plural axes)

  1. An axe (tool)
  2. An axe (weapon)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English eax, from Proto-Germanic *ahsō.

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Noun[edit]

ax (plural axes)

  1. (rare) An axle, axletree, pole
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Old French[edit]

Contraction[edit]

ax

  1. Contraction of a + les (to the)

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ahsą.

Noun[edit]

ax n (genitive ax, plural ǫx)

  1. ear (of corn)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Icelandic: ax
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: aks
  • Norwegian Bokmål: aks
  • Swedish: ax
  • Westrobothnian: aks
  • Danish: aks

References[edit]

ax in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press


Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ax n

  1. an ear (fruiting body of a grain plant)

Declension[edit]

Declension of ax 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ax axet ax axen
Genitive ax axets ax axens