verb ges·tic·u·late \je-ˈsti-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to move your arms and hands especially when speaking in an angry or emotional way


Full Definition of GESTICULATE

intransitive verb
:  to make gestures especially when speaking
ges·ti·cu·la·tive \je-ˈsti-kyə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
ges·tic·u·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
ges·tic·u·la·to·ry \-lə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective


Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, from *gesticulus, diminutive of gestus
First Known Use: circa 1609


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GESTICULATIVE Defined for Kids


verb ges·tic·u·late \je-ˈsti-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of GESTICULATE for Kids

:  to make gestures especially when speaking <He gesticulated wildly during their argument.>


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