Definition of gesticulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒɛˈstɪkjʊleɪt/


[no object]
Use gestures, especially dramatic ones, instead of speaking or to emphasize one’s words: they were shouting and gesticulating frantically at drivers who did not slow down
More example sentences
  • He had reportedly run at her, shouting and gesticulating wildly and waving his hand ‘only inches from her face’.
  • In public places, Kanaks adopt a discreet and subdued attitude, avoiding excessive speaking or gesticulating, which are considered rude.
  • Families spread out elaborate picnics and play blind man's buff; everywhere there are people arguing, gesticulating and shouting over each other.
gesture, make gestures, signal, make signals, sign, motion, wave



Pronunciation: /dʒɛˈstɪkjʊlətɪv/
Example sentences
  • The athlete uses an assistant to move the ramp into position, giving only verbal or gesticulative cues on where to move the ramp.
  • It focuses in on the two essentials - Mr. Caesar's face and the moving sandwich in the gesticulative hand of the speaker.
  • Without using words, participants are invited to engage in gesticulative dialogue.


Pronunciation: /dʒɛˈstɪkjʊleɪtə/
Example sentences
  • There also arose a gesticulator whose purpose was to illustrate, with pantomimic gestures, what the actor-tragedian was singing.
  • When the aerobic gesturing stops, the gesticulators storm toward the garage, stomping past the sleepy lavender patch, out of view.
  • He describes the fascinating journey along the evolutionary path that ‘converted us from wild gesticulators to smooth talkers.’


Pronunciation: /dʒɛˈstɪkjʊlət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • Gesticulatory and concerned with his ‘vision’, he is constantly battling with his producer, scoffing at one point, ‘Apparently we can't construct the truth!’
  • You get this flurry of gesticulatory activity, followed by a raising of the eyebrows and a widening of the eyes as the orator pauses.
  • Therefore, Woolf is engagingly and illustratively gesticulatory.


Early 17th century: from Latin gesticulat- 'gesticulated', from the verb gesticulari, from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus 'action'.

Words that rhyme with gesticulate

articulate, matriculate

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Line breaks: ges¦ticu|late

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