With a crook or flex using the hand from the hip and shoulder switched outward
- with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
- (used of arms and legs) bent outward because of the shared away from the human anatomy
- With a crook or bend; using the hand in the hip and elbow switched outward.
c.1400, in kenebowe, of unidentified beginning, perhaps from Middle English expression in keen bow "at a-sharp angle," or from a Scandinavian word comparable to Icelandic kengboginn "bow-bent," but this seems not to have already been found in this exact sense. Numerous languages make use of a teapot metaphor with this, like French faire le cooking pot a deux anses "to play the cooking pot with two manages."
(a.) With a crook or bend; with the hand regarding hip and elbow turned outward.
Anatole, having taken off his overcoat, sat with arms akimbo before a table on a corner of which he smilingly and absent-mindedly fixed his large and handsome eyes.