gesticulate [je- stik-y uh-leyt] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing. to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech. verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing. to express by gesturing. Origin of gesticulate 1595–1605;
(past participle of
), equivalent to
) gesture (diminutive of
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms ges·tic·u·la·tive, ges·tic·u·la·to·ry , [je- stik-y uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective ges·tic·u·la·tor, noun o·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, adjective o·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive·ly, adverb un·ges·tic·u·lat·ing, adjective un·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjective un·ges·tic·u·la·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gesticulative Historical Examples This might be true if they represented on the stage a gesticulative race. The driver awoke with a start from profound reverie, looked Kirkwood over, and bowed with gesticulative palms. A moment more and a captain of gendarmes appears and shouts something in excited, gesticulative French. British Dictionary definitions for gesticulative 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 gesticulative 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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