akimbo

[ uh-kim-boh ]
/ əˈkɪm boʊ /

adjective, adverb

with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo.

Origin of akimbo

1375–1425; late Middle English in kenebowe < Old Norse *i keng boginn bent into a crook (i in, keng accusative of kengr hook, boginn past participle of bjūga to bend)
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akimbo

/ (əˈkɪmbəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

arms akimbo or with arms akimbo with hands on hips and elbows projecting outwards

Word Origin for akimbo

C15 in kenebowe, literally: in keen bow, that is, in a sharp curve
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