Idioms

    blow/throw a kiss, to indicate an intended kiss from a distance, usually in bidding farewell, by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand toward the person greeted.
    kiss ass, Slang: Vulgar. to be obsequious; fawn.

Origin of kiss

before 900; Middle English kissen to kiss, Old English cyssan (cognate with German küssen, Old Norse kyssa), derivative of Old English coss a kiss; cognate with Old Norse koss, German Küss
Related formsout·kiss, verb (used with object)un·kissed, adjective

KISS

[kis]

noun

keep it simple, stupid: the principle that a product, service, system, etc., should be easy to learn and use.
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Examples from the Web for kiss

Contemporary Examples of kiss

Historical Examples of kiss

  • He held her hand affectionately in his, and often drew her toward him, that he might kiss her cheek.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • As she leaned over him, he smiled faintly, and imprinted a kiss upon her lips.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He came up to her, more gently now, and took up her hand to kiss it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Her full lips were parted before him, but he did not kiss them.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Kiss me, my brother, and let my tears run only from my pride and joy!


British Dictionary definitions for kiss

kiss

verb

(tr) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc
(intr) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire
to touch (each other) lightlytheir hands kissed
billiards (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving

noun

the act of kissing; a caress with the lipsRelated adjective: oscular
a light touch
a small light sweet or cake, such as one made chiefly of egg white and sugarcoffee kisses
See also kiss off
Derived Formskissable, adjective

Word Origin for kiss

Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssa

KISS

abbreviation for

keep it simple, stupid
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Word Origin and History for kiss
v.

Old English cyssan "to kiss," from Proto-Germanic *kussijanan (cf. Old Saxon kussian, Old Norse kyssa, Old Frisian kessa, Middle Dutch cussen, Dutch, Old High German kussen, German küssen, Norwegian and Danish kysse, Swedish kyssa), from *kuss-, probably ultimately imitative of the sound. Related: Kissed; kissing. For vowel evolution, see bury. There appears to be no common Indo-European root word for "kiss," though suggestions of a common ku- sound may be found in the Germanic root and Greek kynein "to kiss," Hittite kuwash-anzi "they kiss," Sanskrit cumbati "he kisses."

Kissing, as an expression of affection or love, is unknown among many races, and in the history of mankind seems to be a late substitute for the more primitive rubbing of noses, sniffing, and licking. [Buck, p.1113]

Some languages make a distinction between the kiss of affection and that of erotic love (cf. Latin saviari "erotic kiss," vs. osculum, literally "little mouth"). French embrasser "kiss," but literally "embrace," came about in 17c. when the older word baiser (from Latin basiare) acquired an obscene connotation. Insulting invitation kiss my ass is at least from 1705, but probably much older (cf. "The Miller's Tale").

n.

Old English coss; see kiss (v.). It became Middle English cuss, but this yielded to kiss, from the verb. Kiss of death in figurative sense "thing that signifies impending failure" is from 1944 (Billboard, Oct. 21), ultimately in reference to Judas's kiss in Gethsemane (Matt. xxvi:48-50). The kiss of peace was, in Old English, sibbecoss (for first element, see sibling).

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