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kiss

verb \ ˈkis \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of kiss

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

kissable

play \ˈki-sə-bəl\ adjective
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

Examples of kiss in a Sentence

  1. They kissed each other passionately.

  2. She kissed him good night.

  3. I'll never forget the night we first kissed.

  4. When he got off the plane he knelt down and kissed the ground.

  5. The tree's branches kissed the ground below.

Recent Examples of kiss from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of kiss

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


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kiss

noun

Definition of kiss

1 : a caress with the lips
  • a range of kisses from a passionate embrace to a friendly peck
2 : a gentle touch or contact
3 a : 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

Examples of kiss in a Sentence

  1. He gave her a kiss on the cheek.

  2. She greeted him with a hug and a kiss.

Recent Examples of kiss from the Web

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KISS Defined for English Language Learners

kiss

verb

Definition of kiss for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of kiss for English Language Learners

  • : the act of kissing someone or something


KISS Defined for Kids

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kiss

verb \ ˈkis \

Definition of kiss for Students

kissed; kissing
1 : to touch with the lips as a mark of love or greeting
2 : to touch gently or lightly
  • Wind kissed the trees.

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kiss

noun

Definition of kiss for Students

1 : a loving touch with the lips
2 : a gentle touch or contact
  • We felt the sun's kiss.


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