kiss

verb
\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

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 \ adjective

Synonyms for kiss

Synonyms: Verb

brush, graze, nudge, shave, skim

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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

In the sweet shot, the actress shows a small sign of a baby bump in her printed tank dress while her singer beau gives her a kiss on the cheek. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hilary Duff Is Pregnant with Her Second Child," 8 June 2018 Her brother, Ken, knelt down, draped a medal around his sister’s neck, and gave her a kiss. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "An ‘emotional’ wheelchair finale in San Diego Marathon," 3 June 2018 Spontaneously, Mamel drew Sheroff to him and gave her a kiss. NBC News, "'Living apart together': A new option for older adults," 11 May 2018 Spontaneously, Mamel drew Sheroff to him and gave her a kiss. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Living apart together: Older couples find new ways," 11 May 2018 Spontaneously, Mamel drew Sheroff to him and gave her a kiss. Time, "Older Couples Are Increasingly Living Apart. Here’s Why," 10 May 2018 Just last month, Kim Kardashian shared her own precious photo of Saint giving Chicago a sweet kiss on the nose. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kanye West Just Shared an Adorable Picture of Saint Kissing Baby Chicago," 1 May 2018 Nothing particularly sordid happens between the pair except that Allen, with sheer cocky teen confidence, convinces Alex to give him a kiss while the pair are out at a club. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "Why TV Needs More Gay Characters," 19 Apr. 2018 When Jim approached to hold his grandkids' hands, Tammy ran out onto Hollywood Boulevard and gave him a kiss. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Thousands join in the fun for the 33rd L.A. Marathon," 18 Mar. 2018

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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 \
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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