- 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.
- to join lips with in this way: She kissed him and left.
- to touch gently or lightly: The breeze kissed her face.
- to put, bring, take, etc., by, or as if by, kissing: She kissed the baby's tears away.
- Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to make slight contact with or brush (another ball).
- to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion, etc.: They kissed passionately.
- to express a thought, feeling, etc., by a contact of the lips: They kissed goodbye at the station.
- to purse and then part the lips, emitting a smacking sound, as in kissing someone.
- Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to carom gently off or touch another ball.
- an act or instance of kissing.
- a slight touch or contact.
- Billiards, Pool. the slight touch of one ball by another.
- a baked confection of egg whites and confectioners' sugar, served as a cookie.
- a piece of toffeelike confectionery, sometimes containing nuts, coconut, or the like.
- a small, sometimes conical, bite-size piece of chocolate, usually individually wrapped.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for kissing
“Simple joys of life—hugging, kissing, coloring—they have been taken away,” she says.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Dead bodies were to be covered in bleach, and typical burial rites of kissing and touching ignored.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
Cranston said he actually was that character—“We actually had a kissing scene together!”The Best Emmys Moments: Seth Meyers, Bryan Cranston, and a 'Seinfeld' Kiss
August 26, 2014
The washing, touching, and kissing of these bodies—typical in many West African burials—can be deadly.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
Taylor Swift saw Selena Gomez kissing Bieber backstage at an awards show, and made a very obvious “yuck” face.13 Celebrities Who Dissed Justin Bieber
August 7, 2014
Now there was a fine jubilee, and a hugging and kissing over and over.Rico and Wiseli
"Why, you talk as if there had been a fire," I cried, kissing her.The Bacillus of Beauty
When, in crossing the Clos-Marie, he lifted his head, he saw that she was kissing the flowers.
Many times Hubertine had seen her kissing her hands with vehemence.
He thought that it was very strange that he should think so ardently of kissing Maggie.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- keep it simple, stupid
- (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
- 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
Word Origin and History for kissing
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").
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).