Here is a list of single hand gestures and their meanings:

    • A-ok or Okay, made by connecting the thumb and forefinger in a circle and holding the other fingers straight, may signal the word okay; especially as a diving signal.
    • Abhayamudra is a Hindu Mudra or gesture of reassurance and safety.
    • Apology. It is a Hindu custom, when a person’s foot accidentally touches a book or any written material (which are considered as a manifestation of the goddess of knowledge Saraswati) or another person’s leg, it will be followed by an apology in the form of a hand gesture with the right hand, where the offending person first touches the object with the finger tips and then the forehead and/or chest. This also counts for money, which is considered as a manifestation of the goddess of wealth Lakshmi.
    • Another single hand gestures is the Beckoning sign. In North America or Northern Europe a beckoning sign is made with the index finger sticking out of the clenched fist, palm facing the gesturer. The finger moves repeatedly towards the gesturer (in a hook) as to draw something nearer. It has the general meaning of “come here.” In Northern Africa (Maghreb), calling someone is done using the full hand.In several Asian and European countries, a beckoning sign is made with a scratching motion with all four fingers and with the palm down. In Japan the palm faces the recipient with the hand at head’s height.
    • Bellamy salute was used in conjunction with the American Pledge of Allegiance prior to World War II.
    • Benediction and blessing. The benediction gesture is a raised right hand with the ring and little finger fingers touching the palm, while the middle and index fingers remain raised. Taken from Ancient Roman iconography for speaking (an example is the Augustus of Prima Porta where the emperor Augustus assumes the pose of an orator in addressing his troops), often called the

      • You all know this single hand gestures, the Blah-blah. The fingers are kept straight and together, held horizontal or upwards, while the thumb points downwards. The fingers and thumb then snap together repeatedly to suggest a mouth talking. The gesture can be used to indicate that someone talks too much, gossips, is saying nothing of any consequence, or is boring.
      • Check, please. This gesture, used to mean that a dinner patron wishes to pay the bill and depart, is executed by touching the index finger and thumb together and “writing” a checkmark, circle, or wavy line (as if signing one’s name) in the air

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      • Chinese number gestures are a method of using one hand to signify the natural numbers one through ten.
      • Clenched fist is used as a gesture of defiance or solidarity. Facing the signer, it threatens physical violence (i.e., “a thumping”).
      • Clinton thumb. The gesture dubbed the “Clinton thumb” after one of its most famous users, Bill Clinton, is used by politicians to provide emphasis in speeches. This gesture has the thumb leaning against the thumb-side portion of the index finger, which is part of a closed fist, or slightly projecting from the fist. An emphatic, it does not exhibit the anger of thekennedy  single hand gestures
        clenched fist or pointing finger, and so is thought to be less threatening. This gesture was likely adopted by Clinton from John F. Kennedy, who can be seen using it in many speeches and images from his political career.
      • Crossed fingers are used to superstitiously wish for good luck or to nullify a promise.
      • Cuckoo sign, touched or screw loose. In North America, making a circling motion of the index finger at the ear or side of the head signifies that the person “has a screw loose,” i.e. is speaking nonsense or is crazy.
      • Dap greeting is a form of handshake recently popularized in western cultures, related to the fist bump.

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      • Fig sign is a gesture made with the hand and fingers curled and the thumb thrust between the middle and index fingers, or, rarely, the middle and ring fingers, forming the fist so that the thumb partly pokes out. In some areas of the world, the gesture is considered a good luck charm; in others (including France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Serbia and Turkey among others), it is considered an obscene gesture. The precise origin of the gesture is unknown, but many historians speculate that it refers to female genitalia. In ancient Greece, this gesture was a fertility and good luck charm designed to ward off evil. This usage has survived in Portugal and Brazil, where carved images of hands in this gesture are used in good luck talismans, and inFriuli.
      • The finger is an obscene hand gesture used in much of Western culture.
      • Finger gun is a hand gesture in which the subject uses their hand to mimic a handgun. If pointed to oneself, it may indicate boredom or awkwardness; when pointed to another, it is interpreted as a threat of violence, either genuine or in jest.
      • Fist bump is similar to a handshake or high five which may be used as a symbol of respect.
      • Fist pump is a celebratory gesture in which a closed fist is raised before the torso and subsequently drawn down in a vigorous, swift motion.
      • Handshake is a greeting ritual in which two people grasp each others’ hands and may move their grasped hands up and down.
      • High five is a celebratory ritual in which two people simultaneously raise one hand and then slap these hands together.
      • Hitchhiking gestures including sticking one thumb upward, especially in North America, or pointing an index finger toward the road elsewhere to request a ride in an automobile.
      • Hook ’em Horns is the slogan and hand gesture of the University of Texas at Austin used as a greeting or to cheer for sports teams. The gesture is made by pointing the index and pinky fingers upward to resemble a steer’s horns, while the thumb clasps the middle and ring fingers.

        • ILY sign combines the letters ‘I’, ‘L’, and ‘Y’ from American Sign Language by extending the thumb, index finger, and little finger while the middle and ring finger touch the palm. It is an informal expression of love.
        • Knocking on wood is a superstitious gesture used to ensure that a good thing will continue to occur after it has been acknowledged. However, it is sometimes used after speaking of a plausible unfortunate event, so that it does not actually occur.
        • Kodály hand signs are a series of visual aids used during singing lessons in the Kodály method.
        • Loser, made by extending the thumb and forefinger to resemble the letter L is an insulting gesture.
        • Money sign. The thumb rubs repeatedly over the tip of the index finger and middle finger. This gesture resembles the act of rubbing coins or bills together and is generally used when speaking about money.
        • Moutza is a traditional insult gesture in Greece made by extending all five fingers toward the person being insulted.
        • Nazi salute or Hitler salute was used in Germany during World War II to indicate loyalty to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.



      • Pitchfork or trident gesture is used at Arizona State University athletic events. It is made by extending the index, middle, and pinky fingers.
      • Pointing with index finger may be used to indicate an item or person. In North America, an extended index finger may be used to point at something.
      • Poking, tapping or jabbing a person with an extended finger, may be used to call for attention or to tease the person poked.

      • Pollice verso was a gesture used in Ancient Rome to pass judgment on gladiators with one’s thumb.
      • Raised fist is a salute and logo most often used by leftist activists.
      • Respect is a gesture made by extending the index, middle, and ring fingers of one hand at another person with the middle finger raised slightly higher than the index and ring fingers. It is used in restricted circle as a sign of respect and approval.
      • Roman salute is a salute made by a small group of people holding their arms outward with finger tips touching. It was adopted by the Italian Fascistsand likely inspired the Hitler salute.
      • Salute refers to a number of gestures used to display respect, especially among armed forces.
      • Scout handshake is a left-handed handshake used as a greeting among members of various Scouting organizations.
      • Shaka sign consists of extending the thumb and pinky finger upward. It is used as a gesture of friendship in Hawaii.
      • Shocker is a hand gesture with a sexual connotation. The ring finger and thumb are curled or bent down while the other fingers are extended.
      • Sic ’em Bears is the yell and hand gesture used to support Baylor University athletics. The gesture is made by raising one hand and curling the fingers to resemble a bear’s claws.
      • Sign of the horns is a hand gesture made by extending the index and pinky finger straight upward. It has a vulgar meaning in some Mediterranean countries and is used in rock and roll, especially in heavy metal music.
      • Talk to the hand is an English language slang expression of contempt popular during the 1990s. The associated hand gesture consists of extending a palm toward the person insulted.
      • Telephone. Thumb and pinky outstretched, other fingers tight against palm. Thumb to ear and pinky to mouth as though they were a telephone receiver. Used to say, “I’ll call you,” or may be used to request a future telephone conversation or to tell someone of a call.
      • Three-finger salute (Serbian) is a salute used by ethnic Serbs, made by extending the thumb, index, and middle fingers.

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      • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down are common gestures of approval or disapproval made by extending the thumb upward or downward.
      • Two-finger salute is a salute made using the middle and index fingers. It is used by Polish Armed Forces and by Cub Scouts.
      • United Macedonia salute is a salute used by some nationalist Ethnic Macedonians. It resembles the A-Ok gesture.
      • Another single hand gestures you know is the V sign is made by raising the index and middle fingers and separating them to form a V. With the back of the hand facing outwards this is an offensive gesture in theUnited Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. With the palm facing outwards this sign began to be used during World War II to indicate “V for Victory”. In the 1960s, the hippie-movement began to use the V-sign to mean “peace”, especially in the United States. It is also used in most coastal east Asian nations, in either oriention, as an indication of cuteness when being photographed. Examples are China, Japan, South Korea,Taiwan and Thailand,
      • Varadamudra is a mudra for dispensing boons. It is made with all fingers of the left hand pointing downward.
      • Vulcan salute was used in the television program Star Trek. It consists of all fingers raised and parted between the ring and middle fingers with the thumb sticking out to the side.
      • Wanker gesture is made by curling the fingers into a loose fist and moving the hand up and down as though masturbating. The gesture has the same meaning as the English slang insult, “wanker”, or might indicate a failure or waste.
      • War Chant, also known as Tomahawk Chop, is used in cheering for various athletic teams, including All Blacks rugby, Atlanta Braves baseball, and the Florida State Seminoles. It is made by extending all fingers and moving the forearm in a chopping motion.single hand gestures image
      • Wave is a gesture in which the hand is raised and moved back and forth, as a greeting or sign of departure. The gesture can be used to attract attention at a distance. Most commonly, though, the gesture means quite simply “hello” or “goodbye”.
      • World’s Smallest Violin (also called “How Sad” or “World’s Smallest Violin Playing Hearts and Flowers”) is made by rubbing the thumb and forefinger together, to imitate bowing a violin. This gesture is used to express sarcasm and lack of sympathy, in response to someone exaggerating a sad story or unfair treatment.
      • Zogist salute is a military salute instituted by Zog I of Albania.

       

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