The origins of the word akimbo are difficult to trace. From LearnThat.org.
She stood there akimbo. From Wordnet, Princeton University.
A tailor sitting with legs akimbo. From Wordnet, Princeton University.
Adjective, adverb : to stand with arms akimbo. From Dictionary.com.
The word akimbo is at least 600 years old and one source points to a literal meaning of "a keen bow" meaning. From Wordnik.com. [OUPblog] Reference
It was in one of these that our word akimbo unexpectedly appeared more than 200 years earlier than the next citation in the 1600s. From Wordnik.com. [OUPblog] Reference
Perhaps this post on Walter Guthrie as an Archaeopteryx in akimbo. moon said. From Wordnik.com. [Negative Manhattan] Reference
Even right now they're not spectacular, but since YRHT already jumped the shark, I have to use words like "akimbo" to get chuckles. From Wordnik.com. [Archive 2004-07-01] Reference
Betty put down the bundle, and set her arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866] Reference
Crater showered quickly, legs akimbo around the drum. From Wordnik.com. [Two of a Kind] Reference
I thought I saw Jason on the summit with arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Inroads] Reference
(Takes center of stage and hands akimbo shakes her hips.). From Wordnik.com. [De Turkey and De Law A Comedy in Three Acts] Reference
Arms akimbo he smiled and licked the China cat by the window. From Wordnik.com. [Parallel Structures] Reference
Don't put your hand in your waistcoat, and one arm akimbo, like a. From Wordnik.com. [Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844] Reference
The Baron, however, laughed loudly and placing his arms akimbo, said. From Wordnik.com. [The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig] Reference
The superintendent clapped on his hat, and stuck his right arm akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851] Reference
Sally put her hands on her hips, arms akimbo, and laughed a dry cackle. From Wordnik.com. [Judith of the Plains] Reference
Watch her shot from above on abed. legs akimbo like a mini-Sharon Stone. From Wordnik.com. [Have A Heart, Hit Man] Reference
But Grok just stood there, feet planted, arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Journey to Malta, from the novel "Grok"] Reference
She was standing in the doorway, her arms akimbo and her sleeves rolled up. From Wordnik.com. [Four Days The Story of a War Marriage] Reference
"A Frenchman does not stoop to catch money," I vaunted, with my arm akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Montlivet] Reference
The Dynamo goalie, Pilgui, stood arms akimbo as if surveying an empty field. From Wordnik.com. [Gorky Park]
She lowered to a mock curtsey, mouth skewed to control laughter, arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Defenders of Democracy; contributions from representative men and women of letters and other arts from our allies and our own country, edited by the Gift book committee of the Militia of Mercy] Reference
She stood with her arms held akimbo, as the man in blue explained his errand. From Wordnik.com. [Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers] Reference
(Standing akimbo) I know you better not touch me, do my mama will tend to you. From Wordnik.com. [De Turkey and De Law A Comedy in Three Acts] Reference
They can be seen by making a magic sign and looking through a witch's arm held akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [The Danish History, Books I-IX] Reference
One of the more unusual and rare positions is the free-faller, face down, arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [CNN Transcript Sep 17, 2003] Reference
With my arms akimbo like this, I will never, never let myself be taken round the middle. From Wordnik.com. [The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2] Reference
The old governor stuck his one arm akimbo, and for a moment surveyed him with an iron smile. From Wordnik.com. [Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7] Reference
She came and stood in front of her husband, with her arms akimbo, gradually raising her voice. From Wordnik.com. [Selected Polish Tales] Reference
"We'd ought to git up another big Christmas," said the blacksmith, standing with his arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Bruvver Jim's Baby] Reference
I see myself at sixteen in a characteristic posture: planted like a stump, left arm akimbo, leading with my jaw. From Wordnik.com. [LIGHT FINGERS] Reference
Her figure was alarmingly feminine and rather aggressively displayed, feet akimbo, hips forward, shoulders back. From Wordnik.com. [The Deadly Daughters] Reference
Park swiveled his eyes around to rest upon his friend who was standing akimbo, impatient eyes behind thick glass. From Wordnik.com. [Radios from Heaven] Reference
You see golems doing things like knitting their brows, starting back in alarm, looking askance, and standing arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [It Could Be Anything] Reference
All he saw, all he needed to see, were the details: crosses over the eyes, absolute symmetry, and ludicrous arms akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Petey Prickles Vs. Funeral Steve: An ALL-NEW Petey Prickles Caper!] Reference
From the highway, she'd noticed the blue tubes that shot outside the structure of the building, their angles like limbs akimbo. From Wordnik.com. [Round the World Now] Reference
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