What does gesture mean?

Definitions for gesture
ˈdʒɛs tʃərges·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gesturenoun

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

  2. gesture, motionnoun

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

  3. gestureverb

    something done as an indication of intention

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

  4. gesticulate, gesture, motionverb

    show, express or direct through movement

    "He gestured his desire to leave"


  1. gesturenoun

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

  2. gesturenoun

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

    We took flowers as a gesture of sympathy.

  3. gestureverb

    To make a gesture or gestures.

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

  4. gestureverb

    To express something by a gesture or gestures.

    Never gesture at someone with a middle finger.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gesturenoun

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

  2. Gesturenoun

    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. Gestureverb

    to accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate

  4. Gestureverb

    to make gestures; to gesticulate

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. gesture

    A form of communication or action.

    As a gesture of goodwill to all its customers the mobile telephone providers gave all customers unlimited data plans.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 18, 2020  

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

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  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

Examples of gesture in a Sentence

  1. Anna Netrebko:

    I think that the war should end as soon as possible. But this is politics, I'm not a part of it. I'd like to make this gesture in support of art where it’s most needed now.

  2. Hiral Sanghavi:

    It was something we had to do. I wish I could do more. Ideally I would give them a free jacket, but I could n’t afford that, it was a small gesture, I would say, but I am glad we did it.

  3. Wheaton College President Philip Ryken:

    The college has no stated position on the wearing of headscarves as a gesture of care and concern for those in Muslim or religious communities that may face discrimination or persecution, we support the protection of all Americans including the right to the free exercise of religion, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

  4. President Donald Trump:

    It was a very nice gesture on behalf of President Vladimir Putin and I could have said' no, thank you' or I could have said' thank you.' And it was a large plane of very high-quality medical supplies. And I said,' I'll take it,'.

  5. Ronnie Heckman:

    Bond Bar's a gesture.

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