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akimbo

[əˈkɪmbəʊ] [əˈkɪmboʊ]

adj.& adv.两手叉腰的[地]

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akimbo 双手叉着腰(的)

在中古英语中有个短语in kenebowe,相当于现代英语in keen bow,意即at a sharp angle(成锐角)。据认为,akimbo 一词就是该短语的错误发音造成的,始见于18世纪,现用作形容词或副词,表示“双手叉着腰(的)”或“弯曲着(的)”,通常出现于with arms akimbo(双手叉着腰)和with legs akimbo(曲腿的)等搭配中。

akimbo 叉腰的

可能来自短语 in keen bow.

akimbo (adv., adj.)

"with the hands on the hips and the elbows bent outward at sharp angles," c. 1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English phrase in keen bow "at a sharp angle" (with keen in its Middle English sense of "sharp" + bow "arch"), or from a Scandinavian word akin to Icelandic kengboginn "bow-bent," but this seems not to have been used in this exact sense. Middle English Compendium compares Old French chane/kane/quenne "can, pot, jug." Many languages use a teapot metaphor for this, such as Modern French faire le pot a deux anses "to play the pot with two handles."

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