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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English raxen, rasken ‎(to stretch oneself), from Old English raxan, racsan ‎(to stretch oneself after sleep), probably alteration, with formative s, of Old English ræcan, ræccan, reccan ‎(to stretch, extend), from Proto-Germanic *rakjaną ‎(to stretch), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- ‎(to make straight). Related to Dutch rekken ‎(to stretch), German recken ‎(to stretch), Swedish räcka ‎(to suffice, reach, pass, last).


rax ‎(third-person singular simple present raxes, present participle raxing, simple past and past participle raxed)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, transitive) To stretch; stretch out.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      Shoeless, he stood naked on his toes, his arms raxed upwards.
  2. (Britain, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, transitive) To reach out; reach or attain to.
  3. (Britain, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, transitive) To extend the hand to; hand or pass something.
    Please rax me the pitcher.
    • 1825, John Wilson, Robert Shelton Mackenzie, James Hogg, William Maginn and John Gibson Lockhart, Noctes Ambrosianæ No. XVIII, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, vol. 17:
      Wha the mischief set him on reading me? I'm sure he could never read onything in a dacent-like way since he was cleckit—rax me the Queen, and I'll let you hear a bit that will gar your hearts dinnle again—rax me the Queen, I say.
  4. (Britain, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, intransitive) To perform the act of reaching or stretching; stretch one's self; reach for or try to obtain something
  5. (Britain, dialectal, chiefly Scotland, intransitive) To stretch after sleep.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of barracks.


rax ‎(plural rax or raxes)

  1. (video game slang) barracks
    • 2014 March 19, Clinton "Fear" Loomis, Free to Play (Film), , 44:28:
      Eventually they just broke our base and took out every single one of our raxes.




  1. rafsi of ranxi.