Definitions for gestureˈdʒɛs tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ges•tureˈdʒɛs tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.:

    a threatening gesture.

  2. the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.

  3. any action, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration:

    a gesture of friendship.

  4. (v.i.)to make or use a gesture or gestures.

  5. (v.t.)to express by a gesture or gestures.

Origin of gesture:

1375–1425; late ME < ML gestūra mode of action, manner, bearing = L gest(us), ptp. of gerere to bear, carry on, perform +-ūra -ure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gesture(noun)

    motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

  2. gesture, motion(noun)

    the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

  3. gesture(verb)

    something done as an indication of intention

    "a political gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"

  4. gesticulate, gesture, motion(verb)

    show, express or direct through movement

    "He gestured his desire to leave"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gesture(noun)ˈdʒɛs tʃər

    a movement of your body that shows your thoughts or feelings

    a rude gesture

  2. gestureˈdʒɛs tʃər

    an action done to show your feelings

    The release of prisoners was seen as a gesture of peace.

  3. gesture(verb)ˈdʒɛs tʃər

    to make a physical gesture

    He gestured for her to come closer.


  1. gesture(Noun)

    A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech.

  2. gesture(Noun)

    An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of attitude.

    We took flowers as a gesture of sympathy.

  3. gesture(Verb)

    To make a gesture or gestures.

    My dad said to never gesture with my hands when I talk.

  4. gesture(Verb)

    To express something by a gesture or gestures.

    Never gesture at someone with a middle finger.

  5. Origin: From gestura, from gerere, past participle gestus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gesture(noun)

    manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture

  2. Gesture(noun)

    a motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument, assertion, or opinion

  3. Gesture(verb)

    to accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate

  4. Gesture(verb)

    to make gestures; to gesticulate


  1. Gesture

    A gesture is a form of non-verbal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages, either in place of speech or together and in parallel with words. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the body. Gestures differ from physical non-verbal communication that does not communicate specific messages, such as purely expressive displays, proxemics, or displays of joint attention. Gestures allow individuals to communicate a variety of feelings and thoughts, from contempt and hostility to approval and affection, often together with body language in addition to words when they speak. Gesture processing takes place in areas of the brain such as Broca's and Wernicke's areas, which are used by speech and sign language.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gesture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4401

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gesture' in Nouns Frequency: #1501

Translations for gesture

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a movement of the head, hand etc to express an idea etc

The speaker emphasized his words with violent gestures.

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