Definition of kiss in English:

kiss

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Touch or caress with the lips as a sign of love, sexual desire, or greeting:

    ‘he kissed her on the lips’
    [with object and complement] ‘she kissed the children goodnight’
    [no object] ‘we started kissing’
    • ‘He then added that he put his arm around her waist and they kissed and caressed.’
    • ‘I loved you that day you first kissed me.’
    • ‘The old woman put a necklace around her grandchild's neck then kissed her forehead.’
    • ‘The desire to kiss him again is almost overwhelming - but she can't ignore her own beliefs.’
    • ‘Will massaged the backs of her hands with his thumbs and then raised them to his lips and kissed them lightly.’
    • ‘She pushes him back to the ground and they kiss passionately in front of the fireplace.’
    • ‘I assume that in mixed sex greetings the man kisses the woman but you occasionally find women who do the kissing.’
    • ‘She draped her arms over Zach's and continued to kiss him, loving the soft caress of his lips on hers.’
    • ‘He lightly kisses my forehead and we make our way upstairs.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes once again as the man she loved hugged and kissed her one last time.’
    • ‘They started to kiss, just lightly at first, and then with more passion.’
    • ‘Her heart skipped a beat as it finally hit her that she was kissing the love of her life.’
    • ‘Josh ran his hand along her brown hair, kissing her lightly on the crown of her head.’
    • ‘We sleep in different bedrooms and he never tries to kiss me or touch me.’
    • ‘She had a very sweet, delicate kiss and when we would kiss it was with love, passion, and lots of good stuff went with it.’
    • ‘He'd take her into his arms, confess that he was madly in love with her and kiss her passionately.’
    • ‘Should I tell him he's the most gorgeous guy alive and I've love to just kiss him?’
    • ‘He never read me stories in bed, never kissed me goodnight, never cuddled me when I cried.’
    • ‘My true love kissed me goodbye, reminding me to put out some breadcrumbs later in the day.’
    • ‘Saudis traditionally kiss the hands of royals as a sign of respect and loyalty when they visit.’
    plant a kiss on, brush one's lips against, blow a kiss to, air-kiss
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    1. 1.1Billiards (of a ball) lightly touch (another ball) in passing.
      • ‘On a straight line two balls can kiss a ball in the centre, one on the left and one on the right.’

noun

  • 1A touch or caress with the lips:

    ‘a quick kiss on the cheek’
    • ‘He never gave us a kiss or showed any affection at all.’
    • ‘I don't suppose you want to give me a farewell kiss do you?’
    • ‘Nikolas pulled the sheet over them and brushed a kiss on her forehead.’
    • ‘He slowly smiled, caressing her cheek and then planting a small kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘They were both smiling as their lips met in a sweet, deep kiss.’
    • ‘Lisa tilted her head back as he trailed butterfly kisses down her neck and across her jaw.’
    • ‘Closing his eyes he allowed himself to enjoy the one thing he had denied himself far too long - her sweet kisses.’
    • ‘She then leaned back and they shared a deep, passionate kiss for a few seconds.’
    • ‘They shared a long, passionate kiss at the very end of the movie before the credits began to roll.’
    • ‘Unexpectedly to Sarah, Justin quickly leaned in and placed a soft, gentle kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘Mia closed her eyes and savored it; it was one of the sweetest kisses of her life.’
    • ‘Suddenly someone pushed a cookie into my mouth, and then bombarded me with affectionate hugs and kisses.’
    • ‘He returned the loving kiss with as much affection as I had given him.’
    • ‘She placed a kiss on his lips as the back of her fingers caressed his cheek.’
    • ‘She leaned her head back and he let his kisses linger around her neck.’
    • ‘Many were greeted with a kiss on both cheeks by our waitress - who, we presumed, was probably also proprietress or manageress.’
    • ‘Annette brushed a kiss on his cheek before she jumped out of the truck.’
    • ‘There they lay for the rest of the afternoon, sharing sweet and tender kisses and talking about their future.’
    • ‘Even though their shared kiss lasted only a few seconds, everyone saw it.’
    • ‘As I lay on the couch that evening, I felt a touch on my forehead and a kiss on my cheek.’
    1. 1.1 Used to express affection at the end of a letter (conventionally represented by the letter X):
      ‘she sent lots of love and a whole line of kisses’
      • ‘Highly emotive, Kahlo was passionate in her prose, sealing the letter illustrated with lipstick kisses.’
      • ‘Customers are invited to place a kiss on a giant envelope on display at the centre's customer relations desk and make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.’
      • ‘Let's begin with why do Xs sometimes (esp. at the end of a letter) signify kisses?’
      • ‘One woman hands him a handwritten letter covered in kisses and hearts.’
  • 2Billiards
    A slight touch of a ball against another ball.

    • ‘Davis looked poised to grab another frame from a seemingly lost position only for a double kiss to scupper his comeback in the fifth frame.’
    • ‘Potting the white, or a double kiss, just like this.’
  • 3North American A small cake, biscuit, or sweet.

Phrases

  • kiss and make up

    • Become reconciled.

      • ‘You know sisters argue, and they kiss and make up and that's just how our relationship was.’
      • ‘The most important thing for Cole is to think independently of his agent before he chooses whether or not to kiss and make up with Arsenal.’
      • ‘Both men, he says, were forced to kiss and make up in front of everybody on the team bus on Friday afternoon.’
      • ‘It was time for the brothers to kiss and make up, and also for Owen to reconcile with Davey.’
      • ‘He was supposed to say sorry and she was supposed to forgive him, then they'd kiss and make up.’
      • ‘We have our little spats from time to time, but we always kiss and make up before the neighbors start to wonder.’
      • ‘Along comes a referee intent on making peace but instead of getting both sides to kiss and make up the peacemaker only exacerbates the situation.’
      • ‘We have got to kiss and make up with the staff we have been in dispute with and get the team rebuilt.’
      • ‘I think she has it in her head that if she gets us all in the same room we'll crack and kiss and make up.’
      • ‘Well after couples have a fight, they kiss and make up.’
  • kiss and tell

    • Recount one's sexual exploits, especially to the media concerning a famous person:

      [as modifier] ‘this isn't a kiss-and-tell book’
      • ‘His warts and all, kiss-and-tell book should be available in shops by the end of the month.’
      • ‘Generally, I'm not the kind of guy who likes to kiss and tell - but everyone wants to know the story.’
      • ‘He said he wasn't the kiss-and-tell type, but he's sure beginning to sound like he might be ready to change his mind.’
      • ‘A small smile plays on my lips as certain memories come to the forefront, but I'm going to keep those to myself because I was never one to kiss and tell.’
      • ‘No matter how much I prodded her for information, she continued to shake her head and say, ‘It's rude to kiss and tell.’’
      • ‘Don't kiss and tell, even if you're really proud of yourself.’
      • ‘Anything goes, just bear in mind that the winning entries will be printed here, and a kiss-and-tell article won't even be considered.’
      • ‘He was forced to resign when the prostitute sold her kiss-and-tell story to the press.’
      • ‘So far, he's not one to kiss and tell much about his encounters.’
      • ‘She doesn't kiss and tell and all personal details are carefully monitored.’
  • kiss someone's arse (or north americanass)

    • vulgar slang Behave obsequiously towards someone.

      be obsequious to, be sycophantic to, be servile to, curry favour with, pay court to, play up to, crawl to, creep to, ingratiate oneself with, dance attendance on, fall over oneself for, kowtow to, toady to, truckle to, bow and scrape before, grovel before, cringe before, abase oneself before
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  • kiss ass

    • vulgar slang Behave in an obsequious or sycophantic way.

  • kiss something better

    • informal Comfort a sick or injured person, especially a child, by kissing the sore or injured part of their body as a gesture of removing pain.

      • ‘When they trip over their own feet, get tangled in a skipping rope or fall off their bike, their parents kiss it better and utter the well-worn phrase ‘You'll live’.’
      • ‘I'd kiss his graze better… and it always worked.’
      • ‘Remember when we were kids, that scrape, when Mummy / Daddy rubbed it and kissed it better, the pain went away and all was well.’
      • ‘In the end, having been saved, the child bandages dad's cuts and kisses them better.’
      • ‘He is looking all of 11 years old now and I almost want to sit him on my knee and kiss his finger better.’
      • ‘Do you recall the soothing touch of your mother, brushing away your tears and kissing it better?’
      • ‘I picked up her hand, guessed at what might have been the injured finger, and kissed it better.’
      • ‘Rob and I thought we were going to grow old together and even now, when the children fall down, I can hear him offering to kiss them better.’
      • ‘He tried to fix my toe and kissed it better.’
      • ‘In the Forman kitchen, Fez sits on the counter while Kitty puts a band-aid on his knee, then kisses it better.’
  • kiss something goodbye (or kiss goodbye to something)

    • informal Accept the certain loss of something:

      ‘I could kiss my career goodbye’
      • ‘Students planning on returning to the United States for another co-op term must now kiss that opportunity goodbye.’
      • ‘Premiers Maclean can kiss goodbye to their twin premiership titles if they incur yet another loss in Saturday's clash with Southern Cross Uni.’
      • ‘A solder has kissed goodbye to his Army career after being jailed for beating his wife.’
      • ‘If the manager's nicknames for his Dodgers are any indication of his talents, you can kiss this season goodbye.’
      • ‘You could kiss the nature reserve goodbye if they build that development.’
      • ‘In one of his dreams, we see him riding to work on the metro during rush hour and announcing that he is kissing his old life goodbye.’
      • ‘As far as I can tell, treating your client to a karaoke power-lunch over here could mean kissing your deal goodbye.’
      • ‘Leeds, for all their excellent progress in the Champions League, can realistically kiss the league championship goodbye after this defeat.’
      • ‘Looks like the administration has decided on one strategy for jump-starting the economy - kissing the strong dollar goodbye.’
      • ‘Step out of line and you can kiss your career goodbye.’
  • kiss of death

    • An action or event that causes certain failure for an enterprise:

      ‘it would be the kiss of death for the company if it could be proved that the food was unsafe’
      • ‘It's the kiss of death if the president comes to praise your program.’
      • ‘In a culture driven by youth, beauty and vitality, illness doesn't have to be terminal to be the kiss of death to a flourishing career, or an Oscar nomination.’
      • ‘Media coverage of your work is the kiss of death.’
      • ‘This turn of events may be the kiss of death to such reform efforts as were underway.’
      • ‘Correspondents were mainly concerned that anything described as rural seems afflicted with the kiss of death where government departments are concerned.’
      • ‘It was France and Russia that gave the existing system the kiss of death by exposing its emptiness and fundamental immorality.’
      • ‘Well, personally I would have thought that Arts Council support was the kiss of death for anything, but once again that's just me.’
      • ‘I used to hold up couples I knew as ‘perfect couples,’ until a string of divorces proved it to be the kiss of death.’
      • ‘It is unclear exactly how to go about impressing the sisters, but a failure to do so is a frequently cited kiss of death.’
      • ‘It could be the kiss of death for their marriage, which has lasted 31 years or something like that, you know.’
  • kiss of life

    • 1Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

      • ‘He was given the kiss of life and an ambulance was called.’
      • ‘I hit Tom's chest to start his heart and gave him the kiss of life until he took a breath.’
      • ‘Mr Young, a trained first aider, felt a faint pulse and gave his wife the kiss of life after calling for an ambulance.’
      • ‘Beaux suddenly shouted, ‘Lemme give her the kiss of life!’’
      • ‘After listening to her chest, he began to give her the kiss of life and attempted CPR using two of his fingers.’
      • ‘The hero ended up in hospital when he gave the six-month-old the kiss of life after carrying her out of a blazing block of flats.’
      • ‘If they're unconscious ring 999 or, if you can, give the kiss of life.’
      • ‘Scaring the killer off, he desperately attempts the kiss of life on the hopeless victim until relieved by police.’
      • ‘By the time I got there a gentleman was giving her the kiss of life trying to bring her round.’
      • ‘The GP later told her he had given her the kiss of life after she had turned blue following a life-threatening reaction to the painkilling drug.’
      1. 1.1An action or event that revives a failing enterprise:
        ‘good ratings gave the programme the kiss of life’
        • ‘It wants to give the kiss of life to seven areas in and around the town centre which would improve the cultural, residential, retail, business and leisure aspects of New Town.’
        • ‘That goal gave the match the kiss of life it needed, but it would have taken more than a bit of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive Dunfermline's hopes.’
        • ‘In the past few years however the kiss of life has been given to the League of Ireland and now three years into the 21st Century, it is flourishing.’
        • ‘There is potential in the bar, it just needs to be given the kiss of life by someone.’
        • ‘‘The garden was waiting 50 years to be given the kiss of life,’ garden project director, Ian August says.’
        • ‘Another kiss of life is required to take them into a new era and in this relay race, the sporting world dare not drop the baton.’
        • ‘An ancient pathway which had fallen into disrepair over more than 100 years has been given a £20,000 kiss of life.’
        • ‘The length and breadth of the county, he has taken crumbling old shelters and given them the kiss of life.’
        • ‘Baxter's success has already given the sleepy skiing resort the kiss of life and has ignited plans for a proposed Aviemore centre.’
        • ‘Three years ago, they bought a battered complex of medieval, Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian buildings, and gave it the kiss of life.’
  • kiss of peace

    • A ceremonial kiss given or exchanged as a sign of unity, especially the act of kissing the consecrated elements during the Christian Eucharist.

      • ‘The Pope then beckoned and kissed them all, before then inviting the congregation to exchange the kiss of peace with their neighbours.’
      • ‘The East appears to have given up the general kiss of peace still earlier.’
      • ‘In the primitive church at Rome and in the Eastern Church, the kiss of peace was offered after the first part of the Mass and before the Eucharistic Prayer.’
      • ‘If judges and similar high officials have to stay apart, neither should the ordained join the people, either when preaching to them or to exchange the kiss of peace.’
      • ‘In addition the Orthodox Liturgy links the kiss of peace with the profession of faith, the Creed.’
      • ‘In the choir, he received the monks one by one and gave each the kiss of peace.’
      • ‘Before the kiss of peace, Mendenhall encouraged the gathered to ‘hug the work of art that is sitting next to you.’’
      • ‘For all its traditional trappings, the kiss of peace always seemed more like an experimental hippie-inspired add-on to the Mass, up there with guitars and liturgical ‘dance’.’
      • ‘The bestowal of peace upon the disciples may also echo a feature of the liturgy, the greeting or kiss of peace - a feature of the liturgy from the earliest times.’
      • ‘The Christians in attendance offered those in their particular order a kiss of peace with the words ‘Christ is in our midst.’’
  • kiss the rod

    • Accept punishment submissively.

      • ‘So now I hope you are properly scolded, and having kissed the rod, like a good disciple, are taking seriously to your task.’
      • ‘Though physically robust, he never rebelled against his superiors, and kissed the rod of contempt with the exemplary meekness of a Christian.’
      • ‘You will thank me and kiss the rod.’
      • ‘Better on this occasion to kiss the rod than try to dodge the issue.’
      • ‘If you are unable to believe in this exclusive, tyrannous god, to bend the knee and kiss the rod - you'll burn in hell for all eternity.’
      • ‘But he soon perceived that, if the people were oppressed, they kissed the rod of the oppressor, as they gave no signs of rising.’
      • ‘It is a source of satisfaction that she has not shut her eyes to the prime cause of these dispensations - that she has seen and kissed the rod in the hands of the Almighty.’
      • ‘I have reason to speak much of His goodness, and to kiss the rod, for it was sweetened with abundant mercies.’
      • ‘If you have - go - retire into silent obscurity, and kiss the rod that scourges you.’
      • ‘Thus rebuffed, he kissed the rod to the extent of asking the Committee what sort of proposal it would endorse.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • kiss someone/thing off

    • Dismiss or reject someone or something abruptly.

      • ‘After one suspect kissed her off, she confessed to the Bay Street insider, ‘I have to tell you I hate Frank.’’
      • ‘Should your stencil sheet be too thin, lumpy or uneven it is a good idea to kiss it off as soon as you notice.’
      • ‘And when he kisses Brigid off, you suspect he's had her number all along.’
      • ‘Sure, I might have kissed the series off earlier this year, but The Simpsons still remains my most favorite tv series ever.’
      • ‘Yet we may have brushed them aside, kissed them off, given them short shrift.’
      • ‘After the game, the referees were kissed off by Heinsohn, who must still be enraged by the one call that went against him in his 690 games as Celtics coach.’
      • ‘His newspaper indicates his desperation to kiss the story off.’
      • ‘They want all the assets, all the power, and they want us to just kiss it off and just say okay, you're free.’
      • ‘Why did The Washington Post kiss it off in one nasty paragraph?’
      • ‘I never voted for the Greens and the Democrats have successfully kissed me off for a long, long time.’
  • kiss up to

    • Behave sycophantically or obsequiously towards (someone) in order to obtain something.

      • ‘He seemingly scheduled every day around publicly kissing up to the people who hate him most.’
      • ‘OK, now that I'm done kissing up to my new boss, let's move on to the reason you're reading this column - literary news and events.’
      • ‘Now, I'm forced to take orders from a woman who kisses up to the most spineless person I meet!’
      • ‘Even if these gals were your only friends, you can't spend your days kissing up to them.’
      • ‘He's being kissed up to in public, but the knives are out for him.’
      • ‘Trying to kiss up to her boss, Ellen instead puts her foot in her mouth and ends up in a Mexican prison.’
      • ‘Often times, the ‘priests’ would not even belong to a religion, but would be scientists or philosophers kissing up to the current elite.’
      • ‘He began to prance around his classroom, joking with his cronies, flirting with the girls and kissing up to the teacher.’
      • ‘This is the little teacher's pet who kisses up to Mr. Maddox.’

Origin

Old English cyssan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kussen and German küssen.

Pronunciation:

kiss

/kɪs/