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[buhs] /bʌs/
noun, verb (used with or without object)
Origin of buss
1560-70; perhaps blend of obsolete bass kiss and obsolete cuss kiss (cognate with German Kuss; replacing Middle English, Old English coss (cognate with Old Norse koss))
Can be confused
bus, buss. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for buss
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  • Stay, Mr. Jessamy—must I buss her when I am introduced to her?

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Why, I vow, she was fire-hot angry: may be it was because I buss'd her.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Vy, you may go in an omlibus for sixpence if you like; vy don't you go and buss it, marm?

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They had arrived in a "buss," which they had hired for the occasion.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The drawings by buss for "Pickwick" have fortunately been preserved.

    Dickens and His Illustrators Frederic G. Kitton
British Dictionary definitions for buss


noun, verb
an archaic or dialect word for kiss
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss


Frances Mary. 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university
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Word Origin and History for buss

"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gaelic bus "kiss, lip," French baiser "kiss" (12c., from Latin basiare), Spanish buz, German dialectal Buss.


1570s, from buss (n.). Related: Bussed; bussing.

Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.
[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for buss



To talk about; gossip over: Quit bussin' about my shoes

[1980s+ Teenagers; perhaps a survival of British dialect buss, ''mutter, murmur busily, buzz,'' attested from the 1500s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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