ges·​tic·​u·​la·​tion je-ˌsti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gesticulation (audio)
: the act of making gestures
: gesture
especially : an expressive gesture made in showing strong feeling or in enforcing an argument

Examples of gesticulation in a Sentence

as the argument grew more heated, his gesticulations got bigger and wilder
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gesticulation was in the 15th century

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“Gesticulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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