- with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo.
Origin of akimbo
Examples from the Web for akimbo
She was holding up her skirt with one hand, and the other arm was akimbo at her waist.The Manxman
Her arms were akimbo and a pipe was thrust between her teeth.The Black Pearl
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Akimbo, a-kim′bo, adj. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward.
She walked slowly, the long black dress she always wore trailing after her, yet half-looped up over one arm, akimbo on her hip.Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Mary Elizabeth Carter
His arms were akimbo, his feet planted as firmly as if he were a particularly stubborn brand of tree.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
- arms akimbo or with arms akimbo with hands on hips and elbows projecting outwards
Word Origin and History for akimbo
c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English phrase in keen bow "at a sharp angle," or from a Scandinavian word akin to Icelandic kengboginn "bow-bent," but this seems not to have been used in this exact sense. Many languages use a teapot metaphor for this, such as French faire le pot a deux anses "to play the pot with two handles."