The meaning of the word expanded too. By the nineteenth century akimbo was being used for the legs as well. And beginning at the end of the eighteenth century, the word was being used more generally to mean askew or disorderly.
As soon as I saw the word akimbo, I was assaultd by memories of the Firesign Theatre, and what I thought was a strange use of the word.
Now You’ve taught me it was slightly less strange than I’d thought.
It was a jackal-headed woman with her eyes akimbo…
How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All?