Relating to bodily movements or gestures, especially in dancing.

[From obsolete gest, bearing, from French geste, from Old French, from Latin gestus; see gesture.]
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(ˈdʒɛstɪk) or


relating to gestures or body movements
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(ˈdʒɛs tɪk)

also ges′ti•cal,

pertaining to bodily motions, esp. in dancing.
[1755–65; obsolete gest deportment (< Middle French geste < Latin gestus movement of the limbs, performance =ges-, variant s. of gerere (see gest) + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ic]
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