Definition of boat axe in English:

boat axe

Pronunciation /ˈbəʊt aks/


  • 1An axe carried on board a boat.

  • 2Archaeology
    A type of thin, stone battleaxe with a head shaped like an upturned boat, used in the late Neolithic period in the Baltic region and Scandinavia, especially as a symbol of social status.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Scoresby (1789–1857), Arctic scientist and Church of England clergyman. From boat + axe.