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

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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 There was also an advisory against greeting others with besos or abrazos, kisses and hugs. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "In Mexico, coronavirus ‘will go from the rich to the poor and the poor will pay’," 25 Mar. 2020 Indeed, around the world, governments are recommending alternatives to handshakes (and kisses or nose-to-nose touching) to prevent the spread of the virus behind Covid-19. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "How to politely decline a handshake," 6 Mar. 2020 Nearby Singapore is also circulating notices to encourage waving, elbow-tapping, and the namaste as alternatives to handshakes and kisses. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Coronavirus is changing the way the world says “hello”," 2 Mar. 2020 Mark then blows Kelly a kiss before deciding to escort the morning show stars towards the stage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Share an Epic PDA Moment in Behind-the-Scenes Instagram," 26 Feb. 2020 After his score, which was part of the 49ers’ first victory following an 0-9 start, Goodwin blew a kiss to the sky, dropped to his knee and then fell to the turf as his teammates surrounded him in the end zone. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Goodwin and his wife become parents for the first time," 24 Feb. 2020 Colman finished the speech by looking out into the audience and blowing a kiss toward Gaga. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Olivia Colman claims she was drunk when she exclaimed 'Lady Gaga!' during Oscars speech," 8 Nov. 2019 At Fashion Week in Paris, attendees greeted each other with elbow touches instead of kisses. Author: Hyung-jin Kim, Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus fuels global angst even as China is hopeful that the end is in sight," 2 Mar. 2020 Cohen then tries to kiss the man, as his mom tells him to just blow kisses. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "2-year-old boy rushes to hug pizza delivery man goodbye – without knowing he just lost his daughter," 28 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of kiss was before the 12th century

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“Kiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiss. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for kiss

kiss

verb
How to pronounce kiss (audio)

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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