gesticulate
intransitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, from *gesticulus, diminutive of gestus Date: circa 1609 to make gestures especially when speaking • gesticulative adjectivegesticulator noungesticulatory adjective

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  • Gesticulate — Ges*tic u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gesticulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gesticulating}.] [L. gesticulatus, p. p. of gesticulari to gesticulate, fr. gesticulus a mimic gesture, gesticulation, dim. of gestus gesture, fr. gerere, gestum, to bear, carry …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gesticulate — Ges*tic u*late, v. t. To represent by gesture; to act. [R.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gesticulate — (v.) c.1600, from L. gesticulatus, pp. of gesticulari to gesture, mimic, from gesticulus a mimicking gesture, dim. of gestus gesture, carriage, posture (see GEST (Cf. gest)). Related: Gesticulated; gesticulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • gesticulate — ► VERB ▪ gesture dramatically in place of or to emphasize speech. DERIVATIVES gesticulation noun. ORIGIN Latin gesticulari, from gestus action …   English terms dictionary

  • gesticulate — [jes tik′yo͞o lāt΄, jes′tik′yəlāt΄] vi. gesticulated, gesticulating [< L gesticulatus, pp. of gesticulari, to make mimic gestures < gesticulus, dim. of gestus, a gesture < pp. of gerere, to bear, carry, do] to make or use gestures, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • gesticulate — v. to gesticulate frantically, wildly * * * [dʒe stɪkjʊleɪt] wildly to gesticulate frantically …   Combinatory dictionary

  • gesticulate — UK [dʒeˈstɪkjʊleɪt] / US [dʒəˈstɪkjəˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms gesticulate : present tense I/you/we/they gesticulate he/she/it gesticulates present participle gesticulating past tense gesticulated past participle gesticulated to make… …   English dictionary

  • gesticulate — [[t]ʤestɪ̱kjʊleɪt[/t]] gesticulates, gesticulating, gesticulated VERB If you gesticulate, you make movements with your arms or hands, often while you are describing something that is difficult to express in words. [mainly WRITTEN] A man with a… …   English dictionary

  • gesticulate — gesture [n] motion as communication action, body language, bow, curtsy, expression, genuflection, gesticulation, high sign, indication, intimation, kinesics, mime, nod, pantomime, reminder, salute, shrug, sign, signal, sign language, token, wave …   New thesaurus

  • gesticulate — gesticulative, gesticulatory /je stik yeuh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. gesticulator, n. /je stik yeuh layt /, v., gesticulated, gesticulating. v.i. 1. to make or use gestures, esp. in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech. v.t …   Universalium

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