I can't think of any word to describe the action when a child make his/her hand motion like waving to say that something is not what he/she means. Please, give me some suggestions. Thank you for your help!

  • Can you give a picture? Or link to video even better?
    – Mitch
    Sep 3, 2017 at 12:09
  • That is called waving off. It signals dismissal or recantation.
    – Phil Sweet
    Sep 3, 2017 at 16:08
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    Is this an “erasing” motion in the air indicating, “No, No, you’ve got it wrong, erase that and try again.”
    – Jim
    Sep 3, 2017 at 16:20
  • This sounds similar to the mediterranean gesture of the index finger extended and waved from side to side, meaning 'No'.
    – Dan
    Sep 3, 2017 at 21:10
  • Well, it's more like Jim's description. I think the mediterranean gesture that Dan is talking about is best described with the verb 'wiggle one's finger'. I think 'gesticulate' that Mustafa suggested is the word I'm looking for. Thank you all. I really appreciate it.
    – user74319
    Sep 4, 2017 at 2:22

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to make movements with your hands or arms, to express something or to emphasize what you are saying
Cambridge Dictionary

She expresses herself better and does not gesticulate so violently.
The Choice of Life


In general, he made a gesture of dissent (see dictionary definition and sentence).

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