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

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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 Passionate gesticulating on a gorgeous, empty stage? Yohana Desta, HWD, "Celine Dion and Deadpool Are a Match Made in Melodramatic Heaven," 3 May 2018 Once powered up, Gita automatically follows its owner, traipsing the groceries or gardening home while the human operator strolls ahead, free to gesticulate on a phone call or inhale from a cigarette. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 Balotelli was booked for gesticulating angrily at the crowd in the game on Saturday. Afp,, "Referee Rainville: 'didn't hear' racist insults directed at Balotelli," 14 Feb. 2018 In true sorceress fashion, her character continued singing and dancing, arms gesticulating in time to the music, despite the creepy technical mishap, as ride-goers shared on social media. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Ursula Lost Her Head on the Little Mermaid Ride and Frightened a Bunch of Tourists," 30 Jan. 2018 The roaring, bespectacled man-hugger extraordinaire who can gesticulate as wildly on the sidelines as a broken windmill in a storm, energizing his team and fans with every yell and pointed finger. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Jose Mourinho vs. Jurgen Klopp: Poles apart but on the same mission," 12 Oct. 2017

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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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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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