- 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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Related Words for gesticulativestylistic, bombastic, declamatory, dramatic, elaborate, eloquent, expressive, fervid, forceful, grandiloquent, histrionic, impassioned, important, imposing, inflated, lofty, long-winded, loud, noble, noisy
Examples from the Web for gesticulative
Historical Examples of gesticulative
This might be true if they represented on the stage a gesticulative race.Our Stage and Its Critics
"E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
The driver awoke with a start from profound reverie, looked Kirkwood over, and bowed with gesticulative palms.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A moment more and a captain of gendarmes appears and shouts something in excited, gesticulative French.In the Track of the Trades
Lewis R. Freeman
- to express by or make gestures
Word Origin for gesticulate
Word Origin and History for gesticulative
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.