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 kissable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for kiss

Synonyms: Verb

smooch

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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

Morganna the Kissing Bandit ran onto the field and planted a kiss on Barker. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "All-Star Game memories: Tribe fan recalls 3 games in Cleveland," 4 July 2019 Gwen also shared an adorable photo of Shelton, 43, planting a huge kiss on her father’s cheek as Dennis smiled for the camera. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Shelton Plants a Kiss on Gwen Stefani's Dad's Cheek as They Celebrate His 74th Birthday," 4 July 2019 While her boyfriend took photos, a woman dressed in white planted a long kiss on the grinning mouth, her dark hair whipping in the wind. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019 In the second image of her slideshow, Jenner gives her man a quick kiss on the cheek as the sun sets in the background. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Dressed Up as "Captain Lip Kit" for Travis Scott's Birthday Party," 26 Apr. 2019 Harry and Meghan rode around Windsor in the Ascot Landau carriage, and the newlyweds snuck in a second kiss on their romantic ride. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Will Have a Carriage Ride Through Windsor on Their Wedding Day," 18 July 2018 Players wept and hugged and received kisses on the cheek from an emotional Vavic. J. Brady Mccollough, latimes.com, "USC wins NCAA women's water polo title with 5-4 defeat of Stanford," 14 May 2018 Marchand kisses Leo Komarov Instead of throwing a punch, Marchand planted a quick kiss on Komarov’s cheek while the two were wrapped up. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "A strange history of Brad Marchand kissing and licking NHL players," 5 May 2018 The men meet in a parking garage and decide to test things out with a kiss. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Black Mirror, Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: "Striking Vipers"," 6 June 2019

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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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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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