Definition of kissy-face in US English:



North American
  • A puckering of the lips as if to kiss someone.

    ‘she made kissy-face when she saw me’
    • ‘Technically, the doll belongs to Emily, but whenever Jake has a chance, he takes her away for a bit of kissy-face and lustful chatter.’
    • ‘‘It looked to ME…’ the friend said, ‘Like you were about to make kissy-face.’’
    • ‘Or, maybe he shows zero interest in you at school but, once you two are alone, he gets all kissy-face.’
    • ‘As Karen and Cody mimed annoying kissy-faces back and forth at each other, Jesse seriously contemplated whether to leave them and make them find their own rides home.’


  • play kissy-face

    • 1informal Engage in kissing or petting, especially in public.

      • ‘You do not want to ever be embarrassed to be his ex - and the fact that you once played kissy-face.’
      • ‘Kevin played kissy-face with Robert's brother, who is not only gay but a Methodist minister.’
      • ‘Anyway, this character proceeded to want to play kissy-face, and all he was interested in was getting in my pants, nothing else.’
      • ‘I then look closer and see that she is jealous of her friend playing kissy-face with some guy.’
      • ‘She wants to play kissy-face and yanks him off his horse.’
      1. 1.1Behave in an excessively friendly way in order to gain favor.
        ‘he is too busy being a media giant to be playing kissy-face’
        • ‘We always have to play kissy-face with the powers that be.’
        • ‘A laureate of understatement, he boils down his sense of middle-class oppression to an obligation to play kissy-face with the powers that be.’
        • ‘The days when TV news played kissy-face with the Eastern cultural elite are finis.’
        • ‘We have seen the media play kissy-face time and again - even to Republicans.’
        • ‘McConnell has lashed out at a group he would normally be playing kissy-face with: Corporate executives.’