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gesticulate

[je-stik-yuh-leyt] /dʒɛˈstɪk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
1.
to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
verb (used with object), gesticulated, gesticulating.
2.
to express by gesturing.
Origin of gesticulate
1595-1605
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),
adjective
gesticulator, noun
overgesticulate, verb, overgesticulated, overgesticulating.
overgesticulative, adjective
overgesticulatively, adverb
ungesticulating, adjective
ungesticulative, adjective
ungesticulatory, adjective
Synonyms
1. gesture, motion, wave, signal.
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Examples from the Web for gesticulative
Historical Examples
  • The driver awoke with a start from profound reverie, looked Kirkwood over, and bowed with gesticulative palms.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • 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"
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulative

gesticulate

/dʒɛˈstɪkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
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 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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