a person who wields an ax.
Informal. hatchet man.
Contemporary Examples

The smell of campfire hangs in the air above the axman—30-year-old Brooklynite Alex Hiller.
Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry Dale Eisinger July 7, 2014

Historical Examples

If I were fit to stay and work for you––as an axman––anything!
Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet

Evidently Casey was disappointed not to get another cursing, for he turned to his comrade, McDermott, an axman.
The U.P. Trail Zane Grey

Where Ruth stood she cocked her head to listen to the strokes of the axman.
Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest Alice B. Emerson

The axman brought down his blade with his full strength three times, and the fibers of the tree cracked and began to give way.
The Boy With the U. S. Survey Francis Rolt-Wheeler

If this young man Jones is any kind of an axman, he and I can cut the trees and build the pen in half a day.
Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell


A guitarist, especially one who plays in a band or group: learned guitar from Fats Domino’s axman

[1976+ Jazz and rock music]


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