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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 gesticulated
Contemporary Examples
  • He was a little goofy looking and gesticulated a lot, but he was sweet and had theories about a million things, especially her.

    The Love Guru Sean Macaulay September 13, 2009
Historical Examples
  • And he cried and gesticulated with his two long arms, and he stamped with his short legs.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Adams looked at her, and gesticulated shakily at the convulsive figure on the floor.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • I lounged, smoked, gesticulated, and declaimed him to perfection.

  • He began to pace wildly to and fro, he shouldered his spade, he gesticulated with his other arm.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • He howled, gesticulated, shrieked with all the strength of his lungs.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • She swung sideways on a roller, and gesticulated with her jib-boom from port to starboard.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • Falbe shook his handsome head, and gesticulated with his fine hands.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • He was, indeed, vain of his slender fingers and gesticulated overmuch.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • He gesticulated with his left hand, freed from the pressure of the glove.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulated


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 gesticulated



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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