Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday April 19, 2011
With hand on hip and elbow bent outward.
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
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."