kiss

verb
\ ˈkis How to pronounce kiss (audio) \
kissed; kissing; kisses

Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to touch with the lips especially as a mark of affection or greeting kissed his wife goodbye
2 : to touch gently or lightly wind gently kissing the trees

intransitive verb

1 : to salute or caress one another with the lips
2 : to come in gentle contact
kiss ass
vulgar : to act obsequiously especially to gain favor
kiss goodbye
1 : leave
2 : to resign oneself to the loss of
kiss one's ass
vulgar : to act obsequiously toward one especially to gain favor
kiss up to
: to curry favor with

kiss

noun

Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a caress with the lips a range of kisses from a passionate embrace to a friendly peck
2 : a gentle touch or contact
3a : a small drop cookie made of meringue
b : a bite-size piece of candy often wrapped in paper or foil
4 : an expression of affection sent him kisses in her letter

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Other Words from kiss

Verb

kissable \ ˈki-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce kiss (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for kiss

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of kiss in a Sentence

Verb They kissed each other passionately. She kissed him good night. I'll never forget the night we first kissed. When he got off the plane he knelt down and kissed the ground. The tree's branches kissed the ground below. Noun He gave her a kiss on the cheek. She greeted him with a hug and a kiss.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Karen planted soft kisses on Laura's ears and the back of her neck while Karl kissed her shoulders, then continued toward her clavicle. Davy Rothbart, GQ, "Inside the Clothing-Optional Resort of Your Swinging Dreams," 18 July 2017 Busch and his team would love to pose for more pictures kissing the bricks at IMS following Sunday’s race. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know ahead of Brickyard 400 at IMS," 17 July 2017 Then, within days of the debate, multiple women came forward to accuse Trump of having groped or kissed them without their consent. Joshua Green, Daily Intelligencer, "Steve Bannon Is Out of Trump’s Doghouse and Leading the Charge Against Mueller," 9 July 2017 The trainer turns and kisses one of the man-eaters on the nose. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, "Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!," 29 June 2017 His wife walked up to the stage, hugged and kissed him. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Portland police officer, paralyzed from waist down, stands for promotion to sergeant," 6 July 2017 In another Instagram, Chyna is kissing a man who is not Rob. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Rob Kardashian Posts Graphic Photos of Blac Chyna to Instagram," 5 July 2017 Read as a mama kangaroo hops her joey off to bed, while baby bats wake up to play, and a human Mama kisses her baby goodnight. South Florida Parenting, "Summer reading: Books to keep kids learning," 3 July 2017 With the last one gone, Taba kisses the empty floor. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, "Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!," 29 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even Iris's big kiss-off to her cheating ex Jasper (Rufus Sewell) has absolutely nothing to do with the meaning of Christmas. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Sorry To Bring This Up, But Is The Holiday Really A Christmas Movie?," 10 Dec. 2020 Five states prefer some form of gingerbread sweets, like a cake or a gingerbread man, while 10 states are all for different types of cookies, ranging from classic chocolate chip to über festive peppermint kiss. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "This Map Shows People's Favorite Christmas Desserts by State, and It's Surprisingly Cheesey," 8 Dec. 2020 The stylin' and profilin', limousine-ridin', jet flyin', kiss-stealin', wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun? Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts news: Rodrigo Blankenship explains his friendship with wrestling icon Ric Flair," 17 Nov. 2020 Diana and Charles’ now-iconic balcony kiss also inspired future royal couples: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson followed suit in 1986, and William and Kate actually kissed twice on the balcony following their 2011 ceremony. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Princess Diana’s Wedding," 13 Nov. 2020 This was inspired by an actual kiss mark Drake once discovered on one of his own Nike hats. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Drake Dropped His New Nike Collaboration and Sealed It With a Kiss," 26 Oct. 2020 An elbow bump, possibly a 6-foot air kiss, will have to suffice as farewell. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "How an ER doctor plans a dinner party during the pandemic," 2 Aug. 2020 In Season 1, Jessi fumbles through her first kiss, learns to masturbate and suffers through her first period while on a class trip to the Statue of Liberty. New York Times, "Jessi Klein Didn’t Get Her ‘Big Mouth’ Role by Keeping Quiet," 4 Dec. 2020 Kale actually gets a bit sweeter with the kiss of frost! Sunset Magazine, "Winterizing Your Garden," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of kiss

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kiss

Verb

Middle English, from Old English cyssan; akin to Old High German kussen to kiss

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The first known use of kiss was before the 12th century

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“Kiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiss. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for kiss

kiss

verb
How to pronounce kiss (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to touch (someone) with your lips as a greeting or as a way of showing love or sexual attraction
: to touch (something) with your lips
: to touch (something) gently or lightly

kiss

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of kissing someone or something

kiss

verb
\ ˈkis How to pronounce kiss (audio) \
kissed; kissing

Kids Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to touch with the lips as a mark of love or greeting
2 : to touch gently or lightly Wind kissed the trees.

kiss

noun

Kids Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loving touch with the lips
2 : a gentle touch or contact We felt the sun's kiss.

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