verb (used without object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
- to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
- to express by gesturing.
- to express by or make gestures
c.1600, from Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari “to gesture, mimic,” from gesticulus “a mimicking gesture,” diminutive of gestus “gesture, carriage, posture” (see gest). Related: Gesticulated; gesticulating.