akimbo


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a·kim·bo

 (ə-kĭm′bō)
adv.
In or into a position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward: children standing akimbo by the fence.
adj.
1. Placed in such a way as to have the hands on the hips and the elbows bowed outward: children standing with arms akimbo.
2. Being in a bent, bowed, or arched position: "There he remained, dead to the world, limbs akimbo, until we left" (Alex Shoumatoff).

[Middle English in kenebowe (perhaps originally "in jug-handles, bent like the handles of a jug" ) : in, in; see in1 + kenebowe (kene- perhaps from or akin to Old French chane, kane, quenne, jug, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle English canne, jar, pot; see can2 + bowe, bow, bend; see bow3).]

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]

a•kim•bo

(əˈkɪm boʊ)

adj., adv.
with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo.
[1375–1425; Middle English in kenebowe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.akimbo - (used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the bodyakimbo - (used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body; "a tailor sitting with legs akimbo"; "stood with arms akimbo"
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
Adv.1.akimbo - with hands on hips and elbows extending outwardakimbo - with hands on hips and elbows extending outward; "she stood there akimbo"
Translations

akimbo

[əˈkɪmbəʊ] ADV with arms akimboen jarras

akimbo

[əˈkɪmbəʊ] adj
with arms akimbo → les poings sur les hanches, les mains sur les hanches

akimbo

adv with arms akimbodie Arme in die Hüften gestemmt

akimbo

[əˈkɪmbəʊ] adv with arms akimbocon le mani sui fianchi
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Not till La Ricaneuse stands before her with bare, black arms akimbo, uttering a volley of vile abuse and of brazen impudence.
Words cannot state the amount of aggravation and injury wreaked upon me by Trabb's boy, when, passing abreast of me, he pulled up his shirt-collar, twined his side-hair, stuck an arm akimbo, and smirked extravagantly by, wriggling his elbows and body, and drawling to his attendants, "Don't know yah, don't know yah, pon my soul don't know yah
I turned and stared, arms akimbo, at the thick green behind me, into which the steamy ravine cut like a smoking gash.
I, for instance, would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, a propos of nothing, in the midst of general prosperity a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and ironical, countenance were to arise and, putting his arms akimbo, say to us all: "I say, gentleman, hadn't we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will
Grant, who was turning over a manuscript with much earnestness at one of the lustres; thence to Remarkable, who stood, with her arms demurely folded before her, surveying, with a look of admiration and envy, the dress and beauty of the young lady; and from her to Benjamin, who, with his feet standing wide apart, and his arms akimbo, was balancing his square little body with the indifference of one who is accustomed to wounds and bloodshed.
I am a man of the north,"-one of these swelling fellows would exclaim, sticking his arms akimbo and ruffling by the Southwesters, whom he regarded with great contempt, as men softened by mild climates and the luxurious fare of bread and bacon, and whom he stigmatized with the inglorious name of pork- eaters.
Mother Rigby, meanwhile, with one brown arm akimbo and the other stretched towards the figure, loomed grimly amid the obscurity with such port and expression as when she was wont to heave a ponderous nightmare on her victims and stand at the bedside to enjoy their agony.
Under the gateway of the extremely ugly tenement house, which hides the Pavilion and the garden from the street, the wife of the porter was waiting with her arms akimbo.
Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms akimbo, "what are you driving at?
The basket being large and heavy, Car had placed it for convenience of porterage on the top of her head, where it rode on in jeopardized balance as she walked with arms akimbo.
He passed one of his heavy hands over his crisp dark hair as if to sweep the broken thoughts out of his mind and sat a little forward, with one arm akimbo and the other resting on his leg, looking in a brown study at the ground.
On the memorable day of the Crucifixion he stood in this old doorway with his arms akimbo, looking out upon the struggling mob that was approaching, and when the weary Saviour would have sat down and rested him a moment, pushed him rudely away and said, "Move on