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gesticulate

[je-stik-yuh-leyt]
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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.
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verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to express by gesturing.
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Origin of gesticulate

1595–1605; < Latin gesticulātus (past participle of gesticulārī), equivalent to Late Latin (assumed in Latin) gesticul(us) gesture (diminutive of gestus; see gestic, -cule1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsges·tic·u·la·tive, ges·tic·u·la·to·ry [je-stik-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveges·tic·u·la·tor, nouno·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, adjectiveo·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive·ly, adverbun·ges·tic·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms

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1. gesture, motion, wave, signal.
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Examples from the Web for gesticulative

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for gesticulative

gesticulate

verb
  1. to express by or make gestures
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Derived Formsgesticulative, adjectivegesticulator, noun

Word Origin

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 gesticulative

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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