From Middle English kissen, kussen, from Old English cyssan (“to kiss”), from Proto-Germanic *kussijaną (“to kiss”), cognates include Danish kysse, Dutch kussen, German küssen, Icelandic kyssa, Norwegian kysse and Swedish kyssa. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ku, *kus (probably imitative), with cognates including Ancient Greek κύσσω (kússō), poetic form of κύσω (kúsō, “to kiss”), and Hittite [script needed] (kuwassanzi, “they kiss”).
- (transitive) To touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually to show love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 3, scene ii]:
- He […] kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack, / That at the parting all the church echoed.
- 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II Scene 2
- I'll kiss thy foot. I'll swear myself thy subject.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […], and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
- (transitive, intransitive) To (cause to) touch lightly or slightly; to come into contact.
- The nearside of the car just kissed a parked truck as he took the corner at high speed.
- His ball kissed the black into the corner pocket.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 2, scene vi]:
- Like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume.
- 1870, Alfred Tennyson, The Window
- Rose, rose and clematis, / Trail and twine and clasp and kiss.
- (intransitive) Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
- (transitive, archaic) To treat with fondness.
- See also Thesaurus:kiss
kiss (plural kisses)
- A touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
- An 'X' mark placed at the end of a letter or other type of message.
- A type of filled chocolate candy, shaped as if someone had kissed the top. See Hershey's Kisses.
- (touch with the lips): See Thesaurus:buss
- kiss ass, kiss-ass
- kiss my ass/kiss my arse
- ass kissing
- blow a kiss
- French kiss
- good night kiss
- kiss and cry
- kiss and make up
- kiss chase
- kiss goodbye
- kiss of death
- kiss off
- kiss of life
- kiss someone's ass
- kiss someone's ring
- kiss the gunner's daughter
- kiss the hem of someone's garment
- kiss up
- soul kiss
- tongue kiss
Partly imitative, partly an euphemism for piss.
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