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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 gesticulated
Contemporary Examples
  • He was a little goofy looking and gesticulated a lot, but he was sweet and had theories about a million things, especially her.

    The Love Guru Sean Macaulay September 12, 2009
Historical Examples
  • Then quite abruptly he sprang to his feet and gesticulated with an ineffectual hand.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • He gesticulated with his left hand, freed from the pressure of the glove.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The colour began to come back, into Jules's face; he gesticulated with his cigar and became more and more dramatic.

  • Peppino never spoke a word to Letterio; he talked to me and gesticulated.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • A forefinger came out of the fist and gesticulated before my face.

  • The Lamas nearer him gesticulated like madmen and urged him on again.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • The captain talked, and gesticulated when the turmoil of the sea drowned his voice.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • He gesticulated continuously, sawing the air with his hands.

  • Mr. Emilius gesticulated, and struck his breast, and brought out his words as though he meant them.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulated


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 gesticulated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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