Meaning of "finger" "quotes"

a pair of quotation marks gestured by a speaker's fingers in the air, to indicate that what is being said is ironic or mocking, or is not a turn of phrase the speaker would typically employ.

air quotes

air quotes

pl.n.
Gestures in which the index and the middle finger of each hand are held and curled up at the same time, in imitation of quotation marks, used to indicate that something was actually said It was said by another person, viewed with skepticism or is a popular turn of phrase. It is also called appointments with fingers .