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

Promotional images show the stars sharing a kiss atop a building—with fireworks bursting in the background. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Midnight Kiss' Was Filmed in a Romantic City That's Perfect for New Year's," 29 Dec. 2018 The Couple Steps Out Markle and Harry made their first public appearance as a couple (and shared a kiss) at the annual Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, England. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Relationship," 15 Oct. 2018 After taking a break for lunch at an Italian restaurant, the pair were caught on camera sharing a sweet kiss, People reported at the time. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Katharine McPhee and David Foster's whirlwind May-December romance: A relationship timeline," 1 Sep. 2018 Between points, Agassi and his wife, the German athlete Steffi Graf, shared a kiss. Time, "'I Wake Up With More Purpose Now.' Andre Agassi on Building a Life After Tennis," 11 June 2018 Centered around MOONZz's defiant kiss-off to an ex, with Melvv incorporating engrossing elements like metallic clicks, water drops and hazy synth washes, the track hit the No. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From EDM-loving Milwaukee kid to Atlantic Records deal, Melvv is living the dream," 3 May 2018 With his unvarnished broadside against Moscow, McMaster becomes Trump’s second senior aide to leave the administration in a dramatic kiss-off with the Russian government. Washington Post, "H.R. McMaster delivers a parting shot to Russia as he prepares to bow out as national security adviser," 5 Apr. 2018 The kiss-off comes in the wake of Hicks’ resignation last month, one day after being interviewed by a House committee about potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. Tierney Mcafee, PEOPLE.com, "Samantha Bee Gives Hope Hicks Epic Kiss-Off: She's Like 'If Zooey Deschanel Joined the Alt-Right’," 22 Mar. 2018 The English set are rarely known to joke around on red carpets, keeping things all about the fashion and their gorgeousness, but Huntington-Whiteley took a moment to sneak in a kiss on Statham's cheek half-way through their photo-ops. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham Did What They Do Best at Last Night's Oscars —Look Gorgeous.," 25 Feb. 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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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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