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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
with arms akimbo (=with your hands on your hips so that your elbows point away from your body)
▪ Anna stood with arms akimbo, ready to challenge me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Akimbo \A*kim"bo\, a. [Etymology unknown. Cf. Kimbo.] With a crook or bend; with the hand on the hip and elbow turned outward. ``With one arm akimbo.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English phrase in keen bow "at a sharp angle," or from a Scandinavian word akin to Icelandic kengboginn "bow-bent," but this seems not to have been used in this exact sense. Many languages use a teapot metaphor for this, such as French faire le pot a deux anses "to play the pot with two handles."


a. With a crook or bend; with the hand on the hip and elbow turned outward. adv. Into, in, or of the position where the arms are akimbo.

  1. adj. (used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body; "a tailor sitting with legs akimbo"; "stood with arms akimbo" [syn: akimbo(ip)]

  2. adv. with hands on hips and elbows extending outward; "she stood there akimbo"

Akimbo (on-demand service)

Akimbo was a video on demand system that allowed subscribers to download television shows, movies, and other video to a set-top box on demand.

Before adopting the name Akimbo, the company also operated under a number of other names including StaticTV and Blue Falcon Networks.


Akimbo is a human position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward, or bent or bowed in a more general sense.

Akimbo (disambiguation)

Akimbo can mean:

  • Akimbo, a position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward
  • Akimbo (on-demand service), a defunct video on demand system
  • Akimbo (band), an American hardcore band
  • Akimbo', a defunct software company (closed 1998) which produced and sold the FullWrite word processor
Akimbo (band)

Akimbo is an American hardcore band from Seattle, Washington.

The band was founded by its two original members, Jon Weisnewski ( bass, vocals) and Nat Damm ( drums). The two met in 1995 in a high school gym class after noticing each other's home-made punk T-shirts. They quickly became friends, sharing a love of DC hardcore and punk rock. Akimbo played its first show on Halloween of 1998.

Akimbo has had eleven guitarists over the course of its existence. The first, Kyle Iman, was featured on two albums: a split 10-inch with Seattle's Teen Cthulhu, and a 7-inch released in 1999 entitled An Army of Evil Robots Programmed for Human Destruction ( Rock and Roleplay records).

Iman was replaced in 2000 by full-time guitarist Jared Burke Eglington. "Burke", as he is known by friends, served the band from 2000 to 2006, and is featured on several records. It was with him that Akimbo developed what would come to be known as their signature sound.

The constraints of Eglington's career as a financial analyst caused the band to enlist the help of several part-time guitarists to fill out their lineup for their rigorous touring schedule. Among these guitarists are Chuck Rowell, Dustin Brown (featured on City of the Stars), Demian Johnston (of Playing Enemy), Patrick Cunningham (featured on Forging Steel and Laying Stone), and Stacy Schrag (a notable fixture of the Southern Oregon hardcore scene).

In 2006, Aaron Walters was recruited to join Akimbo for a ten-day West Coast tour. Shortly thereafter, he accompanied the band on a month-long tour of the US. His collaboration with the band eventually led to his replacement of Eglington as Akimbo's sole guitarist.

In 2005, Akimbo was approached by punk artist Jello Biafra after opening for him and Melvins. The next year, they released Forging Steel and Laying Stone on Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. In 2007, the same label released Navigating the Bronze, which was the band's first recording with Aaron Walters on guitar.

After a show with Converge and Neurosis, Akimbo was asked by members of Neurosis to join Neurot Recordings' roster. Neurot, owned by Neurosis guitarist-singer Steve Von Till, released Akimbo's latest and most critically acclaimed album entitled Jersey Shores in October 2008.

Jersey Shores is a concept album inspired by a series of mysterious shark attacks which occurred on the beaches of New Jersey in 1916. This latest effort showed a substantial deviation in style from previous recordings, which can be attributed in part to Aaron Walters' contributions as a guitarist-writer.

Jon and Nat now play in Sandrider. Burke plays in X Suns.

Usage examples of "akimbo".

Honorius the afrit leaped upon the bonnet of the car, femurs akimbo, hands on hip bones, skull cocked at a jaunty angle.

Monique set her arms akimbo, flexed the erectile tissues of her breast mounds, and waggled the hiplike swelling below her waist.

Riding tiny air-scooters that look like dragonflies mated with ceiling fans, the pirates swarm aboard the passenger ship, led by Dola, the mother of all pirates, braids akimbo, hollering at the top of her considerable lungs, and looking like a cross between a Katzenjammer mama and Pippi Longstocking aged by R.

Jane stood behind George, arms akimbo, watching him take nourishment, a thoughtful expression on her face.

He turned away to Big Red, who stood arms akimbo, quizzically watching her sister.

They whirled about to confront the queen, who stood arms akimbo in the white doorway.

Arms akimbo, shoulders erect, her head raised in a hauteur that suited the disdain her features registered, Mata Safi began a slow tour of the niches where the prisoners were segregated.

She stood, arms akimbo, facing Cressida, who was struggling with the refractory laces of her travelling gown.

Arms akimbo, head tilted slightly to one side, she stood as if she were trying to make up her mind about something.

The old man, hands akimbo, eyes facing the sky, howled until his voice gave out.

Two men in dark suits, legs akimbo, hands clasped at crotch level, blocked the entrance to the warehouse.

Skardon stood before them, arms akimbo, a soft smile on his lips, as they measured him with their eyes.

Leaning forward, arms akimbo on broad knees, his muscular face intent, the Intelligence man did his best to convey the impression that he knew far more than the other suspected, more than he was ready to state at that moment.

Then she cocked her arms akimbo and smiled, wrinkles corrugating every inch of her motherly face.

Sister Antolina lying in the convent bed, her guts trussed up, her arms akimbo and waiting for the Resurrection, waiting, waiting for life without hernia, without intercourse, without sin, without evil, meanwhile nibbling a few animal crackers, a pimento, some fancy olives, a little head cheese.