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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Definitions for akimbo

  1. With hand on hip and elbow bent outward.

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Citations for akimbo
With yards akimbo, she says unto him scornfully, as the old beldam said to the little dwarf: - "Help yourself. Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of the South Seas
Which kind of sounds like he's going to stand in the middle of the path, arms akimbo, to prevent bikes from going through. , "Path to confusion in Carlton Gardens," Melbounre Times Weekly, 2011
Origin of akimbo
late Middle English
Akimbo is the descendent of the Middle English kenebowe, which itself is a modification of the Old Norse i keng boginn, both meaning "bent into a crook."