air-kissed; air-kissing; air-kisses

transitive verb

: to greet from a distance with a kissing motion of the lips
air-kiss noun

Examples of air-kiss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And not just the people in the room, though there was a lot of air-kissing and oohing about outfits going on over the chicken potpies. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Turlington and her cohort—fellow-supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Carla Bruni—are pictured in a constant state of air-kissing and waving ciao while gallivanting backstage at Fashion Week or on the set of a photo shoot. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2023 Michelle plays tambourine but obviously doesn’t know the lyrics while Kate air-kisses Patti Scialfa, Springsteen’s wife. Armond White, National Review, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air-kiss was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Air-kiss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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