Definition of gesticulation in US English:



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

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