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[smooch] /smutʃ/
verb (used with object), noun


[smooch] /smutʃ/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to kiss.
to pet.
a kiss; smack.
Origin of smooch2
dialectal German
1580-90; variant of obsolete smouch to kiss < ?; compare dialectal German schmutzen to kiss, smile
Related forms
smoocher, noun Unabridged
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  • I must be, with a smooch of flour on my nose and my hair every which way.

    The Camerons of Highboro Beth B. Gilchrist
  • Thus a smooch, or "offset," the result of handling the paper before the ink has become dry, is prevented.

  • Miss Philly, you got a smooch on dat waist, and your skirt is hiked up behind.

  • Then if you prefer to smooch your face with dirt and rumple up your hair, I can't help it.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin

    Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for smooch


verb (intransitive)
(of two people) to kiss and cuddle Also (Austral and NZ) smoodge, smooge
(Brit) to dance very slowly and amorously with one's arms around another person, or (of two people) to dance together in such a way
the act of smooching
(Brit) a piece of music played for dancing to slowly and amorously
Word Origin
C20: variant of dialect smouch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for smooch

1932, alteration of dialectal verb smouch "to kiss" (1570s), possibly imitative of the sound of kissing (cf. German dialectal schmutzen "to kiss"). An earlier alteration produced smudge (v.) "to kiss, caress" (1844). Related: Smooched; smooching. As a noun by 1942.

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



: I'd rather have hooch, and a bit of a smooch


  1. To steal; pilfer; mooch: Then she went over to the cash box and smooched four $20 bills (1941+)
  2. To kiss and caress; neck, pet: College kids are still smooching/ a few minutes of torrid hugging and smooching (1588+)

[the pilfering sense probably derives from the kissing sense by way of mooch; the kissing sense may be fr German schmutzen, ''to kiss, to smile''; the dated instance is spelled smouch; the term was reestablished as smooch in the 1930s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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