What does gesture mean?

Definitions for gestureˈdʒɛs tʃər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gesture.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [LL. gestura mode of action, fr. L. gerere, gestum, to bear, behave, perform, act. See Gest a deed.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gesture

    jes′tūr, n. a posture, or movement of the body: an action expressive of sentiment or passion: (Shak.) behaviour.—adj. Ges′tural. [Low L. gestura—L. gestus, from L. gerĕre, to carry.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gesture in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gesture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Norman Thomas:

    If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag wash it.

  2. Valerie Sokolosky:

    There is one universal gesture that has one universal message--a smile

  3. Lily Derksen:

    We found what happened really shocking and wanted to make a gesture to the Italians.

  4. Global Governance Anne Simpson:

    To hop in and out of stocks to make a moral gesture or look good is really not the point of this.

  5. Pamela Hogan:

    We didn't really think of it as a film; it was almost an ongoing friendship gesture to stay close to her.

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