- 1poleaxe somebody to hit somebody very hard so that they fall down and cannot stand up again
- 2[usually passive] poleaxe somebody to surprise or shock you so much that you do not know what to say or do synonym dumbfound See related entries: Surprise Word Origin Middle English: related to Middle Dutch pol(l)aex, Middle Low German pol(l)exe (see poll, axe). The change in the first syllable was due to association with pole ‘long piece of word or metal’; the first element poll- may have referred to a special head of the axe or to the head of an enemy.
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlæks//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlæks//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poleaxe
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlæks//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlæks//he / she / it poleaxes
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlæksɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlæksɪz//past simple poleaxed
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlækst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlækst//past participle poleaxed
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlækst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlækst//-ing form poleaxing
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlæksɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlæksɪŋ//Surprise