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[je-stik-yuh-leyt] /dʒɛˈstɪk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
verb (used with object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
to express by gesturing.
Origin of gesticulate
1595-1605; < Latin gesticulātus (past participle of gesticulārī), equivalent to Late Latin (assumed in Latin) gesticul(us) gesture (diminutive of gestus; see gestic, -cule1) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
gesticulative, gesticulatory
[je-stik-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
gesticulator, noun
overgesticulate, verb, overgesticulated, overgesticulating.
overgesticulative, adjective
overgesticulatively, adverb
ungesticulating, adjective
ungesticulative, adjective
ungesticulatory, adjective
1. gesture, motion, wave, signal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gesticulate
Historical Examples
  • They seemed to gesticulate a frantic despair against the black steam clouds behind.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells
  • We see them gesticulate as they relate their red adventures to one another.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • But justification came into his eyes, and his hands began to gesticulate eloquently.

    Ashton-Kirk, Investigator John T. McIntyre
  • She expresses herself better and does not gesticulate so violently.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
  • Mercifully, it occurred to these to stand far off for a time, to shout and gesticulate joyously.

  • I watched him gesticulate and get red in the face and foam and splutter.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • He did not gesticulate as much with his hands as with his head.

  • The natives shout and gesticulate more vehemently than ever.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • I like your enthusiasm, but not when you gesticulate with that razor—I can't spare any of my features.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • That capitalist sure knew how to gesticulate with his hands.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulate


to express by or make gestures
Derived Forms
gesticulative, adjective
gesticulator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gesticulārī, from Latin gesticulus (unattested except in Late Latin) gesture, diminutive of gestus gesture, from gerere to bear, conduct
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Word Origin and History for gesticulate

c.1600, from Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari "to gesture, mimic," from gesticulus "a mimicking gesture," diminutive of gestus "gesture, carriage, posture" (see gest). Related: Gesticulated; gesticulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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