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gesture

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noun ges·ture \ˈjes-chər, ˈjesh-\

Simple Definition of gesture

  • : a movement of your body (especially of your hands and arms) that shows or emphasizes an idea or a feeling

  • : something said or done to show a particular feeling or attitude

Full Definition of gesture

  1. 1 archaic :  carriage, bearing

  2. 2 :  a movement usually of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment, or attitude

  3. 3 :  the use of motions of the limbs or body as a means of expression

  4. 4 :  something said or done by way of formality or courtesy, as a symbol or token, or for its effect on the attitudes of others <a political gesture to draw popular support — V. L. Parrington>

Examples of gesture

  1. Specific gestures can indicate particular moods.

  2. His arm was raised in a gesture of defiance.



Origin of gesture

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gestura mode of action, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with gesture


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gesture

verb ges·ture

Simple Definition of gesture

  • : to make a gesture : to move your hands, arms, etc., to express an idea or feeling

Full Definition of gesture

ges·turedges·tur·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a gesture

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to express or direct by a gesture

Examples of gesture

  1. She gestured towards the fireplace.

  2. He gestured at his audience.

  3. The room was filled with angry people shouting and gesturing.

  4. He gestured to his partner to leave.



1542

First Known Use of gesture

1542




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