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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).



gesticulate (third-person singular simple present gesticulates, present participle gesticulating, simple past and past participle gesticulated)

  1. (intransitive) To make gestures or motions, as in speaking.
  2. (transitive) To say or express through gestures.
    • December 6, 2004, Irish Times:
      [] 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."

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