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v. kissed, kiss·ing, kiss·es
1. To touch or caress with the lips as an expression of affection, greeting, respect, or amorousness.
2. To touch lightly or gently: flowers that were kissed by dew.
3. To strike lightly; brush against: barely kissed the other car with the bumper.
1. To engage in mutual touching or caressing with the lips.
2. To come into light contact.
1. A caress or touch with the lips.
2. A slight or gentle touch.
3. A small piece of candy, especially of chocolate.
4. A drop cookie made of egg whites and sugar.
kiss off Slang
1. To dismiss or reject.
2. To be forced to give up or regard as lost: He can kiss off that promotion.
3. To leave or disappear from notice: got bad press by telling the reporters to kiss off.
kiss up SlangIdioms:
To behave obsequiously; fawn.
kiss ass Vulgar Slang
To act submissively or obsequiously in order to gain favor.
Informal To be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless: She can kiss her vacation plans goodbye.
[Middle English kissen, from Old English cyssan.]
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- Batted them [breast nipples] over and over with my tongue like gum —Joe Coomer
- Being kissed … was something done to her, like the shampoos her mother used to give her at the kitchen sink —John Updike
- He kissed her … his neck arching forward, hers backward, like a pair of swans —T. H. White
- Her lips grazed mine, cool, soft, and tremulous as the wings of a moth —Robert Traver
- His kiss dropped on her like a cold smooth pebble —Edith Wharton
- His [kisser’s mouth] mouth was as soft as a flower and his breath as sweet —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
See Also: SOFTNESS
- It [kissing someone] was like putting your mouth against an automatic bank teller, where it swallows your credit card —John Updike
- Kissed (the children) with an official air, as if she were conferring an honor, pinning on her kisses like orders —Rebecca West
- Kisses are like confidences, one follows the other —Denis Diderot
- Kisses are like grains of gold or silver found upon the ground, of no value themselves, but precious as showing that a mine is near —George Villiers
- Kisses, like folks with diminutive souls, will manage to creep through the smallest of holes —J. G. Saxe
- Kisses … sticky like a child’s —Flannery O’Connor
- Kisses strong like wine —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- Kiss … felt like a drop of rain in the desert —John Updike
- Kissing a person who’s self-righteous and intolerant is like licking a mongoose’s ass —Tom Robbins
- Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray —Tom Robbins
- Kissing her lips was like kissing warm but uncooked liver —Stephen King
- Kissing her … .was like playing post office with a dead and rotting whale —Truman Capote
- Kissing him would be like kissing razor blades —David Brierly
- Kissing is a good deal like eating; there is not much fun when person is hungry in standing by, and seeing it done by another fellow —Josh Billings
Portions originally in the Billings phonetic dialect: “iz hungry … it did bi anuther fellow.”
- A kiss without a mustache is like an egg without salt —Spanish proverb
- Moved her head and face about under the kisses as if they were small attacking waves —Doris Lessing
- One more such kiss and I am ready to be roasted upon a slow fire like any chicken or duckling —Delmore Schwartz
- Pecks like chicken scratchings —Mary Morris
- She dug her lips into my mouth like tiger’s claws —Jaroslav Seifert
- She kissed me as moistly as a little girl —John Braine
- She took kisses like so many coats of paint —Lawrence Durrell
- They kissed like two old people going to bed after the clock has been wound and the cat put out —Derek Lambert
- To kiss her would be like a Becket play to a college student: She would study it, dissect it, analyze it, appraise it and inject it with the serum of significance, until at last she transformed the simple touching of four lips into a Rosetta Stone that would give meaning to her life —Peter Benchley
- When she kissed him, he melted like a lump of milk chocolate —Marge Piercy
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.