verb (used with object)
Origin of caress
Examples from the Web for caressed
Had one reached out and caressed the other, would that have been an assault?Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters|Aaron B. O’Connell|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He climbed down from the chair and squatting on the floor, took the creature into his arms and caressed her.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a way that it caressed her body and the pleats hung just so, brushing the tops of her feet like a soft whisper.
“If you wanted to make it with somebody, you reached over and caressed their leg,” said Levenson.
On seeing him cry, his mother felt flattered and caressed him.The Way of All Flesh|Samuel Butler
And taking up his wife in his strong arms he laughed, caressed, and covered her with a shower of fiery kisses.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
The girl flew to him, took the head upon her shoulder, caressed the deathly face, warmed the mouth with her own.
In iambics that caressed the ear like flutes, poets had told of Jupiter clothed in purple and glory.The Lords of the Ghostland|Edgar Saltus
Pierre caressed the dog and then laughed softly; he was rid of his guests.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)|Alexandre Dumas pre
Word Origin for caress
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.
1640s, "show of endearment, display of regard," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or else from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore (n.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.