Word of the Day – Gesticulate

By September 12, 2019Word of the Day

Gesticulate (verb)


Use gestures, especially dramatic ones, instead of speaking or to emphasize one’s words.

Early 17th century from Latin gesticulat- ‘gesticulated’, from the verb gesticulari, from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus ‘action’.

Example sentences

“From her gesticulating I think she wants us to slow down.”

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