gesticulate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gesticulate show, express or direct through movement "He gestured his desire to leave"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Gesticulate To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
    • v. t Gesticulate To represent by gesture; to act.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gesticulate 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.
    • gesticulate To express or represent by gestures; imitate; enact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gesticulate jes-tik′ū-lāt to make gestures when speaking: to play antic tricks
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gesticulatus, p. p. of gesticulari, to gesticulate, fr. gesticulus, a mimic gesture, gesticulation, dim. of gestus, gesture, fr. gerere, gestum, to bear, carry, peform. See Gestic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gesticulāri, -ātusgesticulus, dim. of gestus, gesture—gerĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

Then he saw smaller shadows, and arms raised in vehement gesticulation.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
He was gesticulating with some violence, and I could see his expressive face work as if he uttered words to himself.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
She was talking in a loud voice and gesticulating angrily with her head, for her arms were confined.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
His gesticulation is decisive, his lungs are good, and his vestments fit him well.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
She went away gesticulating wildly, and vowing vengeance on Lord Pharanx and all the world.
"Prince Zaleski" by M.P. Shiel
Shortly fugitives are seen hurrying back from the Champs Elysees, shouting, and gesticulating.
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
The Spaniard leapt from his donkey, and with angry gesticulation endeavored to arrest them.
"Jack Archer" by G. A. Henty
Who does not see that such gesticulators are men only as to external figure, and not as to internal form?
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
She gesticulated heatedly with her hair brush.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
He was gesticulating wildly.
"On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles" by Thomas Charles Bridges
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In poetry:

There were no poppies or carnations,
Hardly a greenish lily, watery faint.
Green, dim, invisible flourishing of vines
Royally gesticulate.
"Grapes" by D H Lawrence
Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.
"Be Angry At The Sun" by Robinson Jeffers
Where's the speech with phrases frilly,
Trouncing foemen willy nilly,
Waving arms, gesticulations,
Posturing and wild gyrations?
Briefly, where's the vaudeville
That, in olden days was Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
This wild night, gathering the washing as if it were flowers
animal vines twisting over the line and
slapping my face lightly, soundless merriment
in the gesticulations of shirtsleeves,
I recall out of my joy a night of misery
"From The Roof" by Denise Levertov
Eleazar and the big chief harangued and gesticulated;
They founded Dartmouth College, and the big chief matriculated.
Eleazar was the faculty, and the whole curriculum
Was five hundred gallons of New England rum.
Fill the Bowl up! Fill the bowl up!
"Eleazar Wheelock" by Richard Hovey

In news:

Rick Perry was unusually animated, scrunching his face and gesticulating wildly, during a 25-minute speech in New Hampshire last Friday.
They screamed at one another, one of them gesticulating wildly with one hand while the other hand, white-knuckled, gripped the steering wheel to guide the competing cars through the packed Airport Rotary.
Young is not the kind of clubhouse leader the public rallies behind because the public doesn't see what he does through self-glorifying quotes and gesticulations.
Sestriere, Italy There's nothing like 100,000 cheering, gesticulating Italians on skis , but that's what you'll see when the 2006 Winter Olympics hit the slopes where Alberto Tomba won his first World Cup race in 1987.
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