caress

[ kuh-res ]
/ kəˈrɛs /
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noun

an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. carelessness,
  2. careline,
  3. caren,
  4. carer,
  5. cares,
  6. caressive,
  7. caressively,
  8. caret,
  9. caretaker,
  10. carew

Origin of caress

1605–15; < French caresse < Italian carezza < Vulgar Latin *caritia, equivalent to Latin cār(us) dear + -itia suffix of abstract nouns; cf. charity

SYNONYMS FOR caress
1. pat, fondling, hug.

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for caressable

  • Old North seemed solemn and dignified, but somehow more gentle and caressable than formerly.

    Princeton Stories|Jesse Lynch Williams


British Dictionary definitions for caressable

caress

/ (kəˈrɛs) /

noun

a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection

verb

(tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affectionthe wind caressed her face
Derived Formscaresser, nouncaressingly, adverb

Word Origin for caress

C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear

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Word Origin and History for caressable
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