- The definition of gesticulate is to gesture wildly, or to express a point or idea through movement of hands and body.
When you wave your arms and shake your fists in an animated fashion to express your anger at something, this is an example of a time when you gesticulate.
intransitive verbgesticulated, gesticulating
Origin of gesticulate; from Classical Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, to make mimic gestures ; from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus, a gesture ; from past participle of gerere, to bear, carry, do
verbges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing, ges·tic·u·lates
Origin of gesticulateLatin gesticulārī, gesticulāt-, from gesticulus, gesticulation, diminutive of gestus, gesture, bearing; see gesture.
(third-person singular simple present gesticulates, present participle gesticulating, simple past and past participle gesticulated)
- (intransitive) To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
- To say or express through gestures.
- "...the TV programme Friends is influencing not only the way Irish people speak but also how they gesticulate. Now almost every utterance is accompanied by arms outstretched and palms turned upwards." Irish Times, December 6, 2004
From Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari (to gesticulate) from gesticulus (a mimic gesture), diminutive of gestus (gesture), from gerere, gestum (to bear, carry, perform).