Definition of gesticulation in English:


Pronunciation /dʒɛˌstɪkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n//dʒəˌstɪkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


  • A gesture, especially a dramatic one, used instead of speaking or to emphasize one's words.

    ‘he punctuated his speech with wild gesticulations’
    mass noun ‘there was a lot of gesticulation’
    • ‘The judge was characteristically intense, frequently shifting to the edge of his seat and punctuating his thoughts with brisk gesticulations.’
    • ‘‘Every hand movement, gesticulation or walking movement can be felt to be provocative,’ he said.’
    • ‘I know I do tend to move a little, largely because I naturally tend to use gesticulation and body language to emphasize what I'm talking about.’
    • ‘In fact, many of the details were provided to the police implicitly by the male complainant through his physical motions and gesticulations.’
    • ‘In most bands, the members need constant eye contact and body gesticulations in order to communicate musically.’
    gesturing, gesture, hand movement, signalling, signals, signing, signs, motioning, waving, wave, indication
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