- 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.
Origin: 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
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verb ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing, ges·tic·u·lates verb, intransitive
Origin: Latin gesticulārī, gesticulāt-, from gesticulus, gesticulation, diminutive of gestus, gesture, bearing; see gesture.
- ges·ticˈu·laˌtive adjective
- ges·ticˈu·laˌtor noun
- ges·ticˈu·la·toˌry adjective