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

Examples of gesticulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let her twist and gesticulate and scream her head off. Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Who’s the most galling, captivating character on our screens this summer? It’s ‘Karen’ - and she’s everywhere," 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, "Changing doubters to believers. How Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool into title winners," 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, "That Weird Pain in Your Nuts and the Limits of Telemedicine," 8 Apr. 2020 Djokovic would look at his guest box, gesticulating or shouting. Washington Post, "Djokovic tops Thiem for 8th Australian Open title, 17 majors," 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, "Neil Estern, Sculptor of Monumental Public Works, Dies at 93," 30 July 2019 One church staffer was flushed and gesticulating wildly. Nicole, Teen Vogue, "How I Learned to Find My Voice As a Progressive in a Family of Trump Voters," 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., "Michy Batshuayi: What's Going on, Buddy?," 3 Oct. 2019 How the players managed to finesse the score’s fast-flying, hairpin turns with a conductor who used not a baton but just his gesticulating hands was something of a mystery. Howard Reich,, "Thursday’s CSO concert featured 2 debuts. One was impressive.," 10 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 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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