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 As the Pacers retreated to their huddle, Thompson gesticulated to their bench before celebrating with his teammates. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate opening night with first win of season against Indiana Pacers 110-99: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 26 Oct. 2019 Plus, pausing in the center of stairway to gesticulate wildly while wielding a selfie stick is an obvious nuisance, and New Yorkers of any borough aren’t known for their patience with such tomfoolery. Wired, "‘Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism," 24 Oct. 2019 Pep Guardiola was animated throughout the game, gesticulating in all directions as his side were carved open at the back on far too many occasions., "Yokohama F. Marinos 1-3 Man City: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Kevin De Bruyne Stars in Tricky Win," 27 July 2019 Vardy has long been Leicester's attacking focal point, not just providing an abundance of goals, but also leading the team's high-press, by gesticulating manically to his teammates like a deranged conductor to his orchestra., "Leicester City 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man & Predictions," 7 Aug. 2019 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,, "Neil Estern, sculptor of monumental public works, 93," 31 July 2019 Ibrahimovic has never been shy about showing his emotions — which seem to be getting more and more frayed on the field, with the team captain frequently gesticulating angrily when teammates fail to get him the ball. Kevin Baxter,, "Soccer! What to watch for in the U.S.-England Women’s World Cup semifinal match," 2 July 2019 There was Green, gesticulating at his teammates on the bench. Michael Powell, New York Times, "You Knew the Warriors Were Coming Back. The Rockets Did, Too.," 29 May 2018 After Marcos Rojo scored the decisive goal, Maradona gesticulated an at unknown target with both his middle fingers raised. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Argentina legend Diego Maradona's behavior at the World Cup could be just for show," 30 June 2018

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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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The first known use of gesticulate was circa 1609

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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gesticulate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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