- to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
- to express by gesturing.
Origin of gesticulate
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Examples from the Web for gesticulate
Historical Examples of gesticulate
She expresses herself better and does not gesticulate so violently.The Choice of Life
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
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
- to express by or make gestures
Word Origin for gesticulate
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.