\ 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


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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

Last season left fans feeling all the feelings about the kiss between Max and Lucas, and luckily, Sink says viewers will get more of those two this season. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Sadie Sink Is No Stranger to Style," 17 Jan. 2019 Julieth Gonzalez Theran, who works for Deutsche Welle’s Spanish news channel, didn't stop her broadcast even though the fan groped her while landing the kiss on the cheek. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Fan who groped female reporter during World Cup broadcast says a bet went wrong," 22 June 2018 The hurried kiss and his tongue latched around my left nipple. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Dominate," 29 Apr. 2018 The shoots are a study in easy intimacy; Leibovitz photographed the couple in a dreamy pastoral setting, and Brahms captured the newlyweds in motion, holding hands and leaning in for a kiss. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—And the Newlyweds Are the Stars of Vogue’s First Digital Cover," 1 Dec. 2018 At one point, FP goes in for a kiss, though Hermione rejects him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Harry went in for the double-cheek kiss, but Ghaswala stood still, leaving him awkwardly maneuvering around. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had an Adorably Awkward Moment at Meghan Markle's Cookbook Launch," 20 Sep. 2018 Herskovitz fought for the on-screen kiss, until one of the actors in the scene, David Marshall Grant, made the case that the representation of two men in bed together was subversive and revolutionary on its own. Yvonne Villarreal,, "'Thirtysomething' team reunites to reflect on revolutionary ABC drama," 9 June 2018 Kansas City Zoo Baby Giraffe Dixie goes in for a kiss while the Kansas City Zoo cameras are rolling. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "This 'baby' giraffe is now 6 feet tall and ready to meet the public at KC Zoo | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kiss


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kiss


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

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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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