Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis.
  • transitive v. To say or express by gestures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
  • v. To say or express through gestures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make gestures or motions, as in speaking; to use postures.
  • transitive v. To represent by gesture; to act.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. show, express or direct through movement

Etymologies

Latin gesticulārī, gesticulāt-, from gesticulus, gesticulation, diminutive of gestus, gesture, bearing; see gesture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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  • "Well, that's only four and there are four of us." said Athos, "That's equal numbers! Look, there's Grimaud gesticulating!"
    -The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

    August 1, 2009