Origin of akimbo
Examples from the Web for akimbo
She was an uncommonly powerful, red-faced Irishwoman; her arms were bare, and she had them akimbo, and was scratching her elbows.Ravenshoe|Henry Kingsley
Her arms were akimbo and a pipe was thrust between her teeth.The Black Pearl|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
His arms were akimbo, his feet planted as firmly as if he were a particularly stubborn brand of tree.Pagan Passions|Gordon Randall Garrett
Akimbo, a-kim′bo, adj. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward.
She was holding up her skirt with one hand, and the other arm was akimbo at her waist.The Manxman|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for akimbo
Word Origin for akimbo
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."