[ kis-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkɪsˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


Slang. an act or instance of dismissing a person or thing: The company is about to give you the kiss-off, so you'd better start looking for another job.
Billiards, Pool. kiss(def 12).

Origin of kiss-off

First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase kiss off

Definition for kiss off (2 of 2)

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


out·kiss, verb (used with object)un·kissed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kiss off (1 of 3)

kiss off
/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /


(tr, adverb) to ignore or dismiss rudely and abruptly

noun kiss-off

a rude and abrupt dismissal

British Dictionary definitions for kiss off (2 of 3)

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

keep it simple, stupid

British Dictionary definitions for kiss off (3 of 3)

/ (kɪs) /


(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


See also kiss off

Derived forms of kiss

kissable, adjective

Word Origin for kiss

Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssa
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Idioms and Phrases with kiss off

kiss off


Dismiss or reject, as in He kissed off their offer. This usage alludes to kissing something goodbye [Slang; c. 1900]


Be forced to give up or regard as lost, as in You can kiss off that promotion. [Slang; late 1940s]


Get out, go away, as in She told the reporters to kiss off. [Slang; early 1990s]

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