Definition of buss in US English:



North American
informal, archaic
  • A kiss.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when they kiss - a sweet, full-on buss - it's less about romance than love.’


[with object]North American
archaic, informal
  • Kiss.

    ‘he bussed her on the cheek’
    • ‘This is a sign that they want the bride and the groom to buss a big kiss!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You look beautiful,’ he gave me a hug and bussed my cheek.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    plant a kiss on, brush one's lips against, blow a kiss to, air-kiss
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Late 16th century: alteration of late Middle English bass (noun and verb), probably from French baiser, from Latin basiare.