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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
  • 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 Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • He did not gesticulate as yet, but this could not be far off.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • That capitalist sure knew how to gesticulate with his hands.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • He did not gesticulate as much with his hands as he did with his head.

    Abraham Lincoln William Eleroy Curtis
  • They gesticulate much, and usually tears stand in their eyes.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • The artillery-men run, jump and gesticulate about their gun.

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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