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[je-stik-yuh-leyt] /dʒɛˈstɪk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
verb (used with object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
to express by gesturing.
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 forms
gesticulative, gesticulatory
[je-stik-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
gesticulator, noun
overgesticulate, verb, overgesticulated, overgesticulating.
overgesticulative, adjective
overgesticulatively, adverb
ungesticulating, adjective
ungesticulative, adjective
ungesticulatory, adjective
1. gesture, motion, wave, signal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gesticulate
  • Usually the halves became a whole with both men lounging and leaping up by turns to pace, argue or gesticulate.
  • All they do is grunt and make faces and gesticulate, but somehow or other they're very entertaining.
  • But I gesticulate wildly myself.
  • It makes it sound cooler and lets me gesticulate in ways otherwise forbidden.
  • Well, in my defense, I typically gesticulate within my car confines.
  • Just as often they gesticulate emphatically.
  • The porters still gesticulate and exchange private jokes when they assume my attention is elsewhere.
  • Spectator's arms gesticulate wildly in the grandstands.
  • It is also true that bonobos tend to gesticulate when calling, and that vocal activity among them is high.
  • Counsel will ensure that those people do not comment or gesticulate in the courtroom or quarrel in the court house.
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulate


to express by or make gestures
Derived Forms
gesticulative, adjective
gesticulator, 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 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.

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