kissing

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɪs.ɪŋ/
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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. That kisses.
  2. Just touching.

Derived terms[edit]

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 []