[ kis ]
See synonyms for kiss on
verb (used with object)
  1. to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, reverence, etc.: He kissed his son on the cheek.

  2. to join lips with in this way: She kissed him and left.

  1. to touch gently or lightly: The breeze kissed her face.

  2. to put, bring, take, etc., by, or as if by, kissing: She kissed the baby's tears away.

  3. Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to make slight contact with or brush (another ball).

verb (used without object)
  1. to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion, etc.: They kissed passionately.

  2. to express a thought, feeling, etc., by a contact of the lips: They kissed goodbye at the station.

  1. to purse and then part the lips, emitting a smacking sound, as in kissing someone.

  2. Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to carom gently off or touch another ball.

  1. an act or instance of kissing.

  2. a slight touch or contact.

  1. Billiards, Pool. the slight touch of one ball by another.

  2. a baked confection of egg whites and confectioners' sugar, served as a cookie.

  3. a piece of toffeelike confectionery, sometimes containing nuts, coconut, or the like.

  4. a small, sometimes conical, bite-size piece of chocolate, usually individually wrapped.

Verb Phrases
  1. kiss off, Slang.

    • to reject, dismiss, or ignore: He kissed off their objections with a wave of his hand.

    • (used to express contemptuous rejection or dismissal).

    • to give up, renounce, or dispense with: Leaving Tulsa meant kissing off a promising job.

Idioms about kiss

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Other words from kiss

  • outkiss, verb (used with object)
  • un·kissed, adjective

Words Nearby kiss

Other definitions for KISS (2 of 2)

[ kis ]

  1. keep it simple, stupid: the principle that a product, service, system, etc., should be easy to learn and use. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use kiss in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kiss (1 of 2)


/ (kɪs) /

  1. (tr) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc

  2. (intr) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire

  1. to touch (each other) lightly: their hands kissed

  2. billiards (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving

  1. the act of kissing; a caress with the lips: Related adjective: oscular

  2. a light touch

  1. a small light sweet or cake, such as one made chiefly of egg white and sugar: coffee kisses

Origin of kiss

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

Derived forms of kiss

  • kissable, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for KISS (2 of 2)


/ text messaging /

abbreviation for
  1. keep it simple, stupid

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