American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To touch or caress with the lips as an expression of affection, greeting, respect, or amorousness.
- v. To touch lightly or gently: flowers that were kissed by dew.
- v. To strike lightly; brush against: barely kissed the other car with the bumper.
- v. To engage in mutual touching or caressing with the lips.
- v. To come into light contact.
- n. A caress or touch with the lips.
- n. A slight or gentle touch.
- n. A small piece of candy, especially of chocolate.
- n. A drop cookie made of egg whites and sugar.
- kiss off Slang To dismiss or reject.
- kiss off Slang To be forced to give up or regard as lost: He can kiss off that promotion.
- kiss off Slang To leave or disappear from notice: got bad press by telling the reporters to kiss off.
- kiss up Slang To behave obsequiously; fawn.
- idiom. kiss ass Vulgar Slang To act submissively or obsequiously in order to gain favor.
- idiom. kiss goodbye Informal To be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless: She can kiss her vacation plans goodbye.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A salute or caress given by smacking with the lips. See kiss, v. t., 1.
- n. A confection, usually made of whites of eggs and powdered sugar, mixed, and baked in an oven, A sugar-plum or candied confection made of pulled sugar and variously colored and flavored.
- n. plural Same as kiss-me.
- To smack with the pursed lips (a compression of the closed cavity of the mouth by the cheeks giving a slight sound when the rounded contact of the lips with one another is broken); press one's lips to, or touch with the lips, as a mark of affection or reverence, or as a conventional salutation; salute or caress with the lips: as, to kiss the Bible in taking an oath; to kiss a lady's hand; to kiss one on the cheek; they kissed each other.
- To touch gently, as if with fondness; impinge upon softly.
- Hence To touch slightly, as one ball another, in billiards and other games.
- To salute with the lips mutually, especially as a token of affection, friendship, or respect: as, to kiss and part.
- To meet with a gentle touch or impact; meet; just come iu contact.
- n. A very slight, glancing touch.
- n. A small drop of sealing-wax accidentally let fall upon a letter near the seal.
- v. transitive To touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually to express love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting, or as part of sexual activity.
- v. transitive To touch lightly or slightly.
- v. intransitive Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
- v. transitive To mark a cross (X) after one's name on a card, etc.
- n. A touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
- n. A type of filled chocolate candy, shaped as if someone had kissed the top. See Hershey's Kisses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To salute with the lips, as a mark of affection, reverence, submission, forgiveness, etc.
- v. To touch gently, as if fondly or caressingly.
- v. To make or give salutation with the lips in token of love, respect, etc..
- v. To meet; to come in contact; to touch fondly.
- n. A salutation with the lips, as a token of affection, respect, etc.
- n. A small piece of confectionery.
- n. any of several bite-sized candies
- n. a cookie made of egg whites and sugar
- v. touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
- n. a light glancing touch
- v. touch lightly or gently
- n. the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
- From Old English cyssan, from Proto-Germanic *kussijanan, cognates include Danish kysse, Dutch kussen, German küssen, Icelandic kyssa and Swedish kyssa. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ku, *kus (probably imitative), with cognates including Ancient Greek κύσσω (kusso), poetic form of κύσω (kuso, "to kiss"), and Hittite kuwassanzi ("they kiss"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English kissen, from Old English cyssan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Shout out to Pessoa, Richard Bey and FingaFengh for the stimulating feedbacks. * kiss kiss*”
“He only knew he wanted to kiss her -- _kiss_ her ....”
“In that silence, of which the boom of the tide was an orderly part, I caught the clear "_kiss -- kiss -- kiss_" of the halliards on the roof, as they were blown against the installation - pole.”
“Well,' he exclaimed, 'you surely don't tell me that you kiss her -- _kiss_ Holly!”
“Then later in that dark street, you stepped left as I stepped right, we stood for a moment and looked at each other, then we kissed - a first kiss - like electricity grounding out from your lips to my lips all the way through me, to my toes, a rush of warm chaos - everything stopped as it does for lovers - everything stopped and the world revolved around you and I and that wonderful kiss the drunken clatter of fellow athletes hooting, hollering in at least 6 languages ”
“* The word kiss comes from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.”
“A few rounds of this and most dogs will respond to the word kiss and a finger tap by coming over to lick the spot you touch.”
“The word kiss discovered in a long list of English vocabulary made their faces redden and their hands fly up and cover their mouths.”
“I have to say I found the use of the word kiss to be unexpectedly seductive and charming, almost Victorian.”
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