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[je-stik-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of gesticulating.
  2. an animated or excited gesture.
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Origin of gesticulation

First recorded in 1595–1605, gesticulation is from the Latin word gesticulātiōn- (stem of gesticulātiō). See gesticulate, -ion
Related formso·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tion, noun
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Related Words for gesticulation

nod, curtsy, signal, sign, bow, motion, wink, token, indication, intimation, genuflection, action, mime, reminder, wave, expression, salute, shrug, pantomime, kinesics

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Historical Examples of gesticulation

  • There was much gossip, some laughter, and a good deal of gesticulation.

    The Eternal City

    Hall Caine

  • Ella's gesticulation was eloquent of how much that had been.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • His conception is just, and his gesticulation worthy of example.

  • There was evidently a good deal of excitement and gesticulation among them.

    The Gorilla Hunters

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • For every tone of her voice—every gesticulation—was exactly true to nature.

    Mass' George

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for gesticulation


  1. the act of gesticulating
  2. an animated or expressive gesture
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Derived Formsgesticulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for gesticulation


early 15c., from Latin gesticulationem (nominative gesticulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gesticulari "to gesture, mimic," from gesticulus "a mimicking gesture," diminutive of gestus (see gest).

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