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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.
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).]
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]
with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo.
[1375–1425; Middle English in kenebowe]
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|Adj.||1.||akimbo - (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 outward; "she stood there akimbo"|