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From Medieval Latin gestura (a mode of action), from Latin gerere (to bear, reflexive bear oneself, behave, act), past participle gestus.



gesture (plural gestures)

  1. A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech.
    The middle-finger gesture is really a nonverbal swear.
    This Web browser can be controlled with mouse gestures.
    • Milton
      Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, / In every gesture dignity and love.
  2. An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of attitude.
    We took flowers as a gesture of sympathy.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 2/4/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      But, with a gesture, she put a period to this dalliance—one shouldn't palter so on an empty stomach, she might almost have said.
  3. (obsolete) The manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations.

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gesture (third-person singular simple present gestures, present participle gesturing, simple past and past participle gestured)

  1. (intransitive) To make a gesture or gestures.
    My dad said to never gesture with my hands when I talk.
    Never gesture at someone with a middle finger.
  2. (transitive) To express something by a gesture or gestures.
    He gestured his disgust.
  3. (transitive) To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action.
    • Hooker
      It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth.



  • ((intransitive) make a gesture): beckon


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  1. vocative masculine singular of gestūrus