Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
A hand gesture done when speaking to draw attention to a particular statement or indicate that it was someone else's words or that one is skeptical or critical of its use (similar to scare quotes in print media). Air quotes are made by curling the index and middle fingers of both hands at the same time in order to mimic the shape of quotation marks. In explaining the dress code to her fellow students, Elise did air quotes when saying that kilts should be "four inches above the knee." Given that her own kilt was considerably shorter than that, no one was surprised.