xoxo

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From use of X/x to mean “kiss” and O/o to mean “hug”. Use of “X” to indicate a kiss attested since 1763,[1][2] preceded by medieval use of “X”, which was then kissed, by illiterates to indicate a signature.[3] Use of “O” is more recent, and presumably created by analogy (e.g., X/O in tic-tac-toe). Speculative theories on precise origins abound.

Abbreviation[edit]

xoxo

  1. An abbreviation for hugs and kisses, usually placed at the end of a letter.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OED: “X” 1763 Gilbert White Letter (1901) I. vii. 132, I am with many a xxxxxxx and many a Pater noster and Ave Maria, Gil. White.
  2. ^ X” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  3. ^ How Stuff Works: How Valentine's Day Works

Ewe[edit]

Adjective[edit]

xoxo

  1. old

Adverb[edit]

xoxo

  1. already

Mapudungun[edit]

Adjective[edit]

xoxo (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. convex

References[edit]

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.