- an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.
- to touch or pat gently to show affection.
- to touch, stroke, etc., lightly, as if in affection: The breeze caressed the trees.
- to treat with favor, kindness, etc.
Origin of caress
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Examples from the Web for caressed
Had one reached out and caressed the other, would that have been an assault?Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
He climbed down from the chair and squatting on the floor, took the creature into his arms and caressed her.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
There was a way that it caressed her body and the pleats hung just so, brushing the tops of her feet like a soft whisper.My Mother's Last Sari
May 7, 2010
“If you wanted to make it with somebody, you reached over and caressed their leg,” said Levenson.The Studio 54 of Sex
April 7, 2009
Mr. Morgan caressed his heavy moustache with the end of his penholder.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
He drank; and again as they were near together he caressed her.
He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Now, suddenly, he caressed it, he resolved to act on its prompting.A Spirit in Prison
He sat on the seat and caressed the dog, and his heart grew full and happy.The Christian
- a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
- (tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affectionthe wind caressed her face
Word Origin and History for caressed
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.
1640s, "show of endearment, display of regard," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or else from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore (n.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.