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View synonyms for gesticulate

gesticulate

[ je-stik-yuh-leyt ]

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.

    Synonyms: signal, wave, motion, gesture



verb (used with object)

, ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to express by gesturing.

gesticulate

/ dʒɛˈstɪkjʊˌleɪt /

verb

  1. to express by or make gestures


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Derived Forms

  • gesˈticuˌlator, noun
  • gesˈticulative, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ges·ticu·lative ges·tic·u·la·to·ry [je-, stik, -y, uh, -l, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • ges·ticu·lator noun
  • over·ges·ticu·late verb overgesticulated overgesticulating
  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of gesticulate1

1595–1605; < Latin gesticulātus (past participle of gesticulārī ), equivalent to Late Latin (assumed in Latin ) gesticul ( us ) gesture (diminutive of gestus; gestic, -cule 1 ) + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gesticulate1

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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Example Sentences

BB-8 moves fluidly and playfully, and K-2SO walks with a lazy gait and gesticulates wildly, while their counterparts move rigidly and precisely.

At first he kept his hands behind his back in a tight knot; then he began to gesticulate as he turned.

My subordinates may gird their loins to leap and run and gesticulate, shedding their own blood the while in crimson streams.

This is particularly the case with people who are somewhat theatrical and hence gesticulate too much.

The collar of his coat on the right side had an unpleasant way of flying up whenever he raised his arm to gesticulate.

One was talking loquaciously, using his free arm, on which hung a cane, to gesticulate.

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