SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. 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 gesticulate Historical Examples of gesticulate
She expresses herself better and does not
gesticulate so violently.
I watched him
gesticulate and get red in the face and foam and splutter.
We see them
gesticulate as they relate their red adventures to one another.
The natives shout and
gesticulate more vehemently than ever.
He did not shout or
gesticulate: that made him all the more impressive. British Dictionary definitions for gesticulate verb to express by or make gestures Derived Forms gesticulative, adjective gesticulator, noun Word Origin for gesticulate
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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