ges·​tic·​u·​late | \ je-ˈsti-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce gesticulate (audio) \
gesticulated; gesticulating

Definition of gesticulate

intransitive verb

: to make gestures especially when speaking arguing and gesticulating wildly

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Other Words from gesticulate

gesticulative \ je-​ˈsti-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce gesticulate (audio) \ adjective
gesticulator \ je-​ˈsti-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce gesticulate (audio) \ noun
gesticulatory \ je-​ˈsti-​kyə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce gesticulate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gesticulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That pet-sized fly that Jean-Gab teaches to gesticulate is a gruesome reminder of some of our most repulsive public activists. Armond White, National Review, 23 July 2021 Let her twist and gesticulate and scream her head off. Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, 4 July 2020 The man who can gesticulate as wildly on the sidelines as a broken windmill in a storm sought first to energize the supporters. Aimee Lewis, CNN, 25 June 2020 Video doesn’t help; even in a clinical realm, a man gesticulating over his scrotum on a webcam is of limited informational value. Robert Lurvey, Wired, 8 Apr. 2020 Djokovic would look at his guest box, gesticulating or shouting. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2020 The La Guardia sculpture, inspired by a stem-winding speech that the mayor delivered at Mr. Estern’s high school graduation, portrays La Guardia in mid-stride, mouth open and gesticulating vigorously. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 30 July 2019 One church staffer was flushed and gesticulating wildly. Nicole, Teen Vogue, 4 Oct. 2019 Down on the plush leather seats of the substitutes bench, the birthday boy watches his teammates celebrate and gesticulate to their loyal followers up in the heavens., 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gesticulate

circa 1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gesticulate

Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, from *gesticulus, diminutive of gestus — see gesture entry 1

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“Gesticulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gesticulate

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


ges·​tic·​u·​late | \ je-ˈsti-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce gesticulate (audio) \
gesticulated; gesticulating

Kids Definition of gesticulate

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

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