Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To touch or caress with the lips as an expression of affection, greeting, respect, or amorousness.
  • transitive v. To touch lightly or gently: flowers that were kissed by dew.
  • transitive v. To strike lightly; brush against: barely kissed the other car with the bumper.
  • intransitive v. To engage in mutual touching or caressing with the lips.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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. To touch lightly or slightly.
  • v. Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salutation with the lips, as a token of affection, respect, etc.
  • n. A small piece of confectionery.
  • intransitive v. To make or give salutation with the lips in token of love, respect, etc..
  • intransitive v. To meet; to come in contact; to touch fondly.
  • transitive v. To salute with the lips, as a mark of affection, reverence, submission, forgiveness, etc.
  • transitive v. To touch gently, as if fondly or caressingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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 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.
  • n. A very slight, glancing touch.
  • n. A small drop of sealing-wax accidentally let fall upon a letter near the seal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)

Etymologies

Middle English kissen, from Old English cyssan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

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  • He only knew he wanted to kiss her -- _kiss_ her ....

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  • 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.

    Traffics and Discoveries

  • 'Well,' he exclaimed, 'you surely don't tell me that you kiss her -- _kiss_ Holly!

    Hollyhock A Spirit of Mischief

  • 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…

    admit-it Diary Entry

  • * 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.

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  • 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.

    Born to Bark

  • The word kiss discovered in a long list of English vocabulary made their faces redden and their hands fly up and cover their mouths.

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  • I have to say I found the use of the word kiss to be unexpectedly seductive and charming, almost Victorian.

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  • "10. A small drop of sealing-wax accidentally let fall upon a letter near the seal."

    --Century Dictionary

    December 23, 2010

  • You deserve a kiss today.

    November 6, 2009

  • Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
    -Albert Einstein

    July 28, 2009

  • Means "urine" in Swedish.

    July 13, 2009

  • Actually might stand for the words: Keep It Simple, Stupid; when somebody desperately wants you to simplify things.

    March 4, 2008

  • The word starts hard and ends soft in contrast to the act, which, if sweet, starts soft and ends hard.

    October 25, 2007