\ ˈkis \
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



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


kissable \ˈki-sə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for kiss

Synonyms: Verb

brush, graze, nudge, shave, skim

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Examples of kiss in a Sentence


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.


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,, "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

As a girl, this meant a late period (15) and an even later first kiss (16). Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 This has many denominations: words of appreciation, hugs and kisses and, particularly, smiles. The Economist, "A paradox at the heart of gift-giving," 28 June 2018 Okoumou responded by raising her fist and blowing kisses to her supporters. Washington Post, "Statue of Liberty climber unrepentant; Trump calls her clown," 7 July 2018 As the Philippine president leaned in for the kiss, the crowd enthusiastically cheered. Fox News, "Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed for kissing married woman before huge audience," 4 June 2018 Yee said, bending down for a congratulatory post-competition kiss from his fiancee. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s all ups, downs at yo-yo championship in Oakland," 29 May 2018 Then in 1981, Charles and Diana were the first royal couple to share a kiss in front of the cheering crowds, later followed by Andrew and Sarah, and William and Kate. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "All the Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 19 May 2018 But that July day in 1981, Charles and Diana leaned into one another and shared a kiss for the world to see. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "The History of The Royal Balcony Kiss," 18 May 2018 All of this backstory is intended to set the scene for this big kiss: ice cream all around, plus a lot of French people who love movies and brand activations. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Kissed Next to a Luxury Ice Cream Cooler at Cannes," 11 May 2018

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History and Etymology for kiss


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

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More Definitions for kiss



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



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

: the act of kissing someone or something


\ ˈkis \
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.



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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the setting in which something occurs

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