adjective, adverb
with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms 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)
adj, —adv
arms akimbo, with arms akimbo with hands on hips and elbows projecting outwards
[C15 in kenebowe, literally: in keen bow, that is, in a sharp curve]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, in kenebowe, perhaps from phrase in keen bow "at a sharp angle," or from a Scandinavian word akin to Icelandic kengboginn "bow-bent." Many languages use a teapot metaphor for this, such as Fr. faire le pot a deux anses "to play the pot with two handles."
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Example sentences
Sensing our presence, he whipped around to face us, stood up tall on all his legs and thrust his claws out akimbo.
Placed on top was a primitive wooden statue of the general himself, left arm akimbo and eyes fixed on uptown.
In their recessional, the couple broke out of their adult stride and into a childlike skip, arms akimbo.
Charred timbers akimbo inside the crumbling structural shell.
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