verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- kiss and make up,
- kiss and tell,
- kiss ass,
- kiss curl,
- kiss good-bye
Origin of kiss
Examples from the Web for kissing
“Simple joys of life—hugging, kissing, coloring—they have been taken away,” she says.
Dead bodies were to be covered in bleach, and typical burial rites of kissing and touching ignored.
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|Kevin Fallon|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The washing, touching, and kissing of these bodies—typical in many West African burials—can be deadly.
Taylor Swift saw Selena Gomez kissing Bieber backstage at an awards show, and made a very obvious “yuck” face.
"Yes, poor stepmother," answered the little girl, stooping down and kissing her hand.The Children's Pilgrimage|L. T. Meade
After kissing and hugging him, and calling upon him by name, she opened his mouth, and tried to put the food into it.Sagas from the Far East|Various
For a while Janet submitted, and then, kissing her, gently detached herself.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete|Winston Churchill
The fellow actually went away simpering, and kissing his hand to me, with a falsehood on his lips!The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
Then that proud and happy mamma took him in her arms and kissed him; and right in the midst of the kissing in walked Daisy.Twilight Stories|Various
Word Origin for kiss
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).