[ kuh-res ]
/ kəˈrɛs /
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.
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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
ca·ress·a·ble, adjectiveca·ress·er, nounca·ress·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·ressed, adjective
un·ca·ress·ing, adjectiveun·ca·ress·ing·ly, adverb
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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
/ (kəˈrɛs) /
a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
(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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