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 confusedbus buss
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Related Words for buss

spoon, smooch, smack, osculate, peck, snog

Examples from the Web for buss

Contemporary Examples of buss

Historical Examples of buss

  • 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?


    William Makepeace Thackeray

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

  • The drawings by Buss for "Pickwick" have fortunately been preserved.

British Dictionary definitions for buss


noun, verb

an archaic or dialect word for kiss

Word Origin for buss

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]
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