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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.
Phrasal Verbs:
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 Slang
To behave obsequiously; fawn.
kiss ass Vulgar Slang
To act submissively or obsequiously in order to gain favor.
kiss goodbye
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.]

kiss′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kissing - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)kissing - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
foreplay, stimulation, arousal - mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
snogging - (British informal) cuddle and kiss


kissing disease
kissing gate
nSchwinggatter nt (an Weidenzäunen und Hecken, das nur je eine Person durchlässt)
References in classic literature ?
There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home festivals so pleasant at the time, so sweet to remember long afterward, and then all fell to work.
It is because I saw you kissing the lips of that Belle Carpenter that I tell you my story," he said.
Farther up his arm, her sailor had come back and was kissing her.
So gently patronizing, and so 'I-don't-suppose-you-can-help-it,- poor-thing,' in your general style," said Jessie, kissing her.
Unfortunately (without design, or only with such instinctive design as gives no account of itself to the intellect) Phoebe, just at the critical moment, drew back; so that her highly respectable kinsman, with his body bent over the counter and his lips protruded, was betrayed into the rather absurd predicament of kissing the empty air.
A few minutes ago he had felt like seizing the hand of the beautiful lady by his side, and kissing it; he had felt like flinging his arms about the neck of the man on the other side of him.
said Eliza, lifting his long curls and kissing him.
The mother hung over her, kissing her, petting her, and imploring her to speak, but the lips only moved and no sound came.
The trunks being now ready, he DE- after kissing his mother and sisters, and once more pressing to his bosom his adored Gretchen, who, dressed in simple white muslin, with a single tuberose in the ample folds of her rich brown hair, had tottered feebly down the stairs, still pale from the terror and excitement of the past evening, but longing to lay her poor aching head yet once again upon the breast of him whom she loved more dearly than life itself, PARTED.
Mary Jane she went for him, Susan and the hare-lip went for the duke, and then such another hugging and kissing I never see yet.
Those are kind and gentle old Jews, but they ain't any fonder of kissing the emotional highlights of Brooklyn than you be.
And Aunt Sally and Benny they went to hugging and crying and kissing and smothering old Uncle Silas to that degree he was more muddled and confused and mushed up in his mind than he ever was before, and that is saying considerable.