from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To kiss.
  • noun A kiss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See bus.
  • noun A smack; a kiss; a salute with the lips.
  • noun A small vessel of from 50 to 70 tons burden, carrying two masts, and two sheds or cabins, one at each end, used in herring-fishing.
  • noun A Scotch form of bush.
  • To smack; kiss; salute with the lips.
  • To kiss.
  • To dress; get ready.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To kiss; esp. to kiss with a smack, or rudely.
  • noun (Naut.) A small strong vessel with two masts and two cabins; -- used in the herring fishery.
  • noun A kiss; a rude or playful kiss; a smack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A kiss.
  • noun A herring buss, a type of shallow-keeled Dutch fishing boat used especially for herring fishing.
  • verb transitive To kiss (either literally or figuratively).
  • verb intransitive To kiss.

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

  • verb touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
  • noun the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)


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

[Possibly blend of obsolete bass (akin to French baiser) and obsolete cuss (akin to Middle English kissen, to kiss; see kiss), or from Scottish Gaelic bus, lips, mouth; see puss.]


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  • "...there were occasions when Jack was tempted to ask his way of the many fishermen, English and Dutch, who haunted those perilous banks in their shallow-draught doggers, schuyts, busses, howkers, and even bugalets, and who made his progress all the more uneasy by lying across his hawse until the last possible minute or suddenly looming out of the darkness without a single light so that he had to throw all aback." --Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 285

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