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

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, 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, 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, 9 July 2017 The trainer turns and kisses one of the man-eaters on the nose. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, 29 June 2017 His wife walked up to the stage, hugged and kissed him. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, 6 July 2017 In another Instagram, Chyna is kissing a man who is not Rob. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, 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, 3 July 2017 With the last one gone, Taba kisses the empty floor. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, 29 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Namely their passionate first kiss, which was rehearsed in Catherine’s home. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 21 Jan. 2022 Then, Clayton shared his first kiss of the season with Teddi. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 Another woman alleged publicly and to investigators for the DA's office that Cuomo grabbed her by the arm and greeted her with a kiss without seeking her permission at a high school event. Jon Brown, Fox News, 29 Dec. 2021 The two played Aladdin and Jasmine in a cheeky sketch that ended with a kiss. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Four million television viewers watched the couple seal their win, and their commitment, with a kiss. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Jill Biden picked a sprig off the tree and gave it to her grandson, along with a kiss. Alexandra Jaffe, ajc, 3 Dec. 2021 Whoa — this wine practically jumps from the glass to greet you with a passionate kiss on the lips. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Calanthe acquiesces, Pavetta and Duny are married, and their kiss breaks the curse to reveal Duny’s blandly handsome human face. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021

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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 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for kiss

kiss

verb

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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