kissing

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cussinde, from Old English cyssende, from Proto-Germanic *kussijandz, equivalent to kiss +‎ -ing. Cognate with Saterland Frisian küsjend, Dutch kussend, German Low German küssend, German küssend, Swedish kyssande, Icelandic kyssandi.

Verb[edit]

kissing

  1. present participle of kiss

Adjective[edit]

kissing (not comparable)

  1. Just touching.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English kissinge, kyssynge, kessinge, from Old English *cyssing (compare Old English cossettung (kissing)), equivalent to kiss +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

kissing (countable and uncountable, plural kissings)

  1. The act of giving a kiss.
    • 1844, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Tales and Sketches
      There began to be some movement preparatory to the resumption of our journey, and, after many huggings and kissings, the family parted, and the wagon drove off []

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