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tr. & intr.v. bussed, buss·ing, buss·es
[Possibly blend of obsolete bass (akin to French baiser) and obsolete cuss (akin to Middle English kissen, to kiss; see kiss), or from Scottish Gaelic bus, lips, mouth; see puss2.]
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an archaic or dialect word for kiss
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss]
(Biography) Frances Mary. 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university
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1. to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed in token of affection, greeting, reverence, etc.
2. to touch gently or lightly: The breeze kissed her face.
3. to put, bring, take, or express by kissing: She kissed the baby's tears away. They kissed each other good-bye.
4. (of a billiard ball) to make slight contact with or brush (another ball).v.i.
5. to join lips, as in affection, love, or passion; touch or caress one another with the lips.
6. to touch lightly or gently.
7. kiss off, Slang. to reject or dismiss bluntly or coarsely.
8. kiss up, Slang. to be sycophantic.n.
9. an act or instance of kissing.
10. a slight touch or contact.
11. a small baked meringue.
12. a small, sometimes conical, bite-size chocolate candy.Idioms:
kiss ass, Vulgar Slang. to be sycophantic; fawn.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English cyssan (c. Old High German chussen, Old Norse kyssa), derivative of Old English coss a kiss, c. Old Saxon cos, kus, Old High German chus, Old Norse koss]
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Past participle: bussed
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|Noun||1.||buss - the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)|
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
|Verb||1.||buss - touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.; "The newly married couple kissed"; "She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room"|
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
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