American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis.
- v. To say or express by gestures.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make gestures; express thoughts or desires, or emphasize or illustrate speech, by motions of the body or any part of it, especially the hands and arms.
- To express or represent by gestures; imitate; enact.
- v. intransitive To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
- v. transitive To say or express through gestures.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
- v. rare To represent by gesture; to act.
- v. show, express or direct through movement
- 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). (Wiktionary)
- Latin gesticulārī, gesticulāt-, from gesticulus, gesticulation, diminutive of gestus, gesture, bearing; see gesture. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes they totter and gesticulate joltingly at ground level, like dolls brought to life.”
“This, said Kierkegaard, is the situation of Christians: The more they gesticulate with their creed, the more laughable they seem to their skeptical neighbors, until the world becomes engulfed in the flames of war and mutual hatred -- a hell on earth as prelude to the hell after death.”
“I love it when people gesticulate with their hands because in psychological terms, it is a sign of an active mind and warmth and vibrancy.”
“Apple is designing a television that you can shout and gesticulate at – and it will understand you.”
“A: This woman I live with tells me that when I'm writing dialogue I gesticulate a lot, like I'm acting it out.”
“They look so good as they gesticulate passionately in the city's overflowing cafés or file into its steakhouses, entire family in tow, for dinner at 10 p.m.”
“Opening his hands to gesticulate, he breaks into a smile, explaining, Look.”
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“The professor sat behind his desk, which he never did (preferring usually to stand and pace, to gesticulate during his dense and unapproachable lectures).”
“Utahdrivers seem to move faster thanIdahodrivers, and at one point I merged in front of a van who despite needing fifteen to twenty seconds to even catch up to our car felt the need to honk, gesticulate, swerve around, flip us off again and fly ahead.”
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