Christine is very flirtatious, giggling, caressing, and locking eyes with her ambitious underling.
She drew nearer to me, and in a caressing child-like way, lifted up her mouth to be kissed, as she said: 'Welcome to Fairview.'
caressing her, he noticed that her face was covered with a cold perspiration.
It flung a soft, caressing radiance on its shabby home, and on its mistress, and on the other girls and boys.
There was something feminine, caressing and soft in his farewell words and bow.
Then after a moment she put out her hand with a caressing little gesture.
Suddenly she felt on one of her hands a light, caressing touch.
One might have felt the brilliancy of his eyes as hard had not their blue been so caressing.
The voice was sweet and caressing, but those eyes seemed to devour her!
I have not even the joy of caressing a child that would have consoled me.
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.
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.