One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
air kissView synonyms
- ‘And when they kiss - a sweet, full-on buss - it's less about romance than love.’
- ‘Gustav Klimt's The Kiss is by some accounts based on a buss with Alma, Oskar Kokoschka's Die Windsbraut on a moment during his passionate three-year affair with her.’
verb[with object]North American
Kiss.‘he bussed her on the cheek’
plant a kiss on, brush one's lips against, blow a kiss to, air-kissView synonyms
- ‘This is a sign that they want the bride and the groom to buss a big kiss!’
- ‘When Britney said, ‘I haven't had a boy in a while, I'm hungry for a kiss,’ no one expected her to buss Madonna.’
- ‘At the station the father, our dad, Mister Stanley by name, greeted us with hearty joviality, bussed my mother heartily and brushed our faces with hairy kisses to our cheeks.’
- ‘‘You look beautiful,’ he gave me a hug and bussed my cheek.’
- ‘Nicholas started to blush red, and it was only made worse when Ellie leaned over to buss his other cheek with Clara on her arm staring right at them.’
Late 16th century: alteration of late Middle English bass (noun and verb), probably from French baiser, from Latin basiare.
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