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gesticulate

[je-stik-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
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verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to express by gesturing.
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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 formsges·tic·u·la·tive, ges·tic·u·la·to·ry [je-stik-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveges·tic·u·la·tor, nouno·ver·ges·tic·u·late, verb, o·ver·ges·tic·u·lat·ed, o·ver·ges·tic·u·lat·ing.o·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive·ly, adverbun·ges·tic·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms

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1. gesture, motion, wave, signal.
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Examples from the Web for gesticulate

Historical Examples

  • She expresses herself better and does not gesticulate so violently.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

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

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.

  • We see them gesticulate as they relate their red adventures to one another.

  • The natives shout and gesticulate more vehemently than ever.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

  • He did not shout or gesticulate: that made him all the more impressive.

    Post Haste

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for gesticulate

gesticulate

verb
  1. to express by or make gestures
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Derived Formsgesticulative, adjectivegesticulator, 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

v.

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.

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