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smooch1

[smooch]
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verb (used with object), noun
  1. smutch.

smooch2

[smooch]Informal.
verb (used without object)
  1. to kiss.
  2. to pet.
noun
  1. a kiss; smack.

Origin of smooch2

1580–90; variant of obsolete smouch to kiss < ?; compare dialectal German schmutzen to kiss, smile
Related formssmooch·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for smooching

smooch

verb (intr)
  1. (of two people) to kiss and cuddleAlso (Austral and NZ): smoodge, smooge
  2. British to dance very slowly and amorously with one's arms around another person, or (of two people) to dance together in such a way
noun
  1. the act of smooching
  2. British 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 smooching

smooch

v.

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.

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