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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

skating jump, 1930, named for Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen (1855-1938). The name is said to be derived from the Old Testament name Absalom.


n. 1 (context figure skating English) A jump with one (or more) and a half turns in the air. 2 (misspelling of axle English)

Axel (name)

Axel (also Aksel) is a Scandinavian masculine given name. In Denmark and Norway the spelling form Aksel is more common. The Finnish form of the name is Akseli. A French feminine form is Axelle.

Due to the Danish archbishop Absalon (1128–1201) being also known as "Axel of Lund", the name has been interpreted as a corruption of the Hebrew name Absalom. Axel arose via Axelen from Absalon, possibly by conflation with the existing name Askel, Askil, medieval forms of the Old Norse name Ásketill, from ans "god" and ketill "cauldron".

Axel (singer)

Axel Patricio Fernando Witteveen Pardo (born 1 January 1977), commonly known as Axel Fernando or simply Axel, is an Argentine singer and songwriter.


Axel may refer to:

  • Axel (name)
  • Axël, a 1890 drama play by Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
  • Axel (singer), Argentine singer-songwriter
  • Axel, Netherlands, a town in the province of Zeeland, the Netherlands
  • Axel (dance turn), a type of turn performed in dance
  • Axel jump, a type of jump in figure skating
  • Axel, a 1988 short film by Nigel Wingrove
Axel (The Walking Dead)

Axel is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and the television series of the same name. He appeared in the comics in Issue 13 and outlived his fellow prisoners by a long time, until his death at the hands of the Governor. Axel's catchphrase "You follow me?" has grown popular amongst fans.

Usage examples of "axel".

And then two seconds later, Axel appeared, sticking his head through a bush.

Marilee said defensively, hunching her shoulders as she stirred with much more aggression than necessary, making a few splatters, while Axel choked dramatically.

Marilee shot Axel one of her long looks, which made me very curious and very uneasy at the same time.

I could retort to that, Axel came back into the kitchen, now sporting a khaki vest with a ton of pockets and carrying three fishing rods and a small case.

Kellan took over, doing it the way Axel had showed us, his head bent, the material of his shirt stretched taut across his shoulders, his arm brushing mine.

Marilee ruined her chicken dish and Axel rescued her with a steak barbeque that was so successful, it made her pout and threaten to lead all his fishing and hiking expeditions.

I heard Kel let out a grunt of surprise, and Axel swore loudly and viciously as he got into a better position.

Marilee, Axel, William and Serena, but we stood on the shore of the river hugging each of them again.

But Dutch Ton stood up, took the letter from Axel, who was looking a bit disappointed to have his services broken off so abruptly, and tucked the paper into a gap in his coat.

Leaning back, Axel paused to draw on his pipe, looking contemplatively at the ceiling.

It was Axel Metzler who found her and talked her down, gentle like, though she was never quite the same after what she saw from that tree.

He described to me how he came upon it, although he cast himself in rather a different role in the story than Axel did in his telling of it.

He kept the secrets of the distillery close to the vest, but Axel was soon forgiven this lack of generosity because he sold his products cheap, as he was more interested in company and discussion than he was in profits.

In the winter it was warm and in the summer the doors stood open, and it was a rare evening that Axel had less than three men to entertain him.

On occasion he answered a question when Axel thought of something to ask him, but mostly he kept to himself.