Meaning of kiss in English:

kiss

verb

[with object]
  • 1Touch or caress with the lips as a sign of love, sexual desire, or greeting.

    ‘he kissed her on the lips’
    with object and complement ‘she kissed the children goodnight’
    no object ‘we started kissing’
    • ‘They started to kiss, just lightly at first, and then with more passion.’
    • ‘The desire to kiss him again is almost overwhelming - but she can't ignore her own beliefs.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes once again as the man she loved hugged and kissed her one last time.’
    • ‘He never read me stories in bed, never kissed me goodnight, never cuddled me when I cried.’
    • ‘My true love kissed me goodbye, reminding me to put out some breadcrumbs later in the day.’
    • ‘She pushes him back to the ground and they kiss passionately in front of the fireplace.’
    • ‘I assume that in mixed sex greetings the man kisses the woman but you occasionally find women who do the kissing.’
    • ‘Saudis traditionally kiss the hands of royals as a sign of respect and loyalty when they visit.’
    • ‘We sleep in different bedrooms and he never tries to kiss me or touch me.’
    • ‘He lightly kisses my forehead and we make our way upstairs.’
    • ‘He then added that he put his arm around her waist and they kissed and caressed.’
    • ‘I loved you that day you first kissed me.’
    • ‘Should I tell him he's the most gorgeous guy alive and I've love to just kiss him?’
    • ‘Josh ran his hand along her brown hair, kissing her lightly on the crown of her head.’
    • ‘She draped her arms over Zach's and continued to kiss him, loving the soft caress of his lips on hers.’
    • ‘The old woman put a necklace around her grandchild's neck then kissed her forehead.’
    • ‘Her heart skipped a beat as it finally hit her that she was kissing the love of her life.’
    • ‘She had a very sweet, delicate kiss and when we would kiss it was with love, passion, and lots of good stuff went with it.’
    • ‘Will massaged the backs of her hands with his thumbs and then raised them to his lips and kissed them lightly.’
    • ‘He'd take her into his arms, confess that he was madly in love with her and kiss her passionately.’
    plant a kiss on, brush one's lips against, blow a kiss to, air-kiss
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  • 2Billiards Snooker
    (of a ball) lightly touch (another ball) in passing.

    ‘On a straight line two balls can kiss a ball in the centre, one on the left and one on the right.’

noun

  • 1A touch or caress with the lips.

    ‘a quick kiss on the cheek’
    • ‘She then leaned back and they shared a deep, passionate kiss for a few seconds.’
    • ‘He never gave us a kiss or showed any affection at all.’
    • ‘As I lay on the couch that evening, I felt a touch on my forehead and a kiss on my cheek.’
    • ‘Suddenly someone pushed a cookie into my mouth, and then bombarded me with affectionate hugs and kisses.’
    • ‘She placed a kiss on his lips as the back of her fingers caressed his cheek.’
    • ‘I don't suppose you want to give me a farewell kiss do you?’
    • ‘Many were greeted with a kiss on both cheeks by our waitress - who, we presumed, was probably also proprietress or manageress.’
    • ‘Mia closed her eyes and savored it; it was one of the sweetest kisses of her life.’
    • ‘Nikolas pulled the sheet over them and brushed a kiss on her forehead.’
    • ‘Closing his eyes he allowed himself to enjoy the one thing he had denied himself far too long - her sweet kisses.’
    • ‘He returned the loving kiss with as much affection as I had given him.’
    • ‘Annette brushed a kiss on his cheek before she jumped out of the truck.’
    • ‘She leaned her head back and he let his kisses linger around her neck.’
    • ‘Unexpectedly to Sarah, Justin quickly leaned in and placed a soft, gentle kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘Lisa tilted her head back as he trailed butterfly kisses down her neck and across her jaw.’
    • ‘Even though their shared kiss lasted only a few seconds, everyone saw it.’
    • ‘They shared a long, passionate kiss at the very end of the movie before the credits began to roll.’
    • ‘He slowly smiled, caressing her cheek and then planting a small kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘They were both smiling as their lips met in a sweet, deep kiss.’
    • ‘There they lay for the rest of the afternoon, sharing sweet and tender kisses and talking about their future.’
    1. 1.1Used to express affection at the end of a letter (conventionally represented by the letter X)
      ‘she sent lots of love and a whole line of kisses’
      • ‘One woman hands him a handwritten letter covered in kisses and hearts.’
      • ‘Let's begin with why do Xs sometimes (esp. at the end of a letter) signify kisses?’
      • ‘Highly emotive, Kahlo was passionate in her prose, sealing the letter illustrated with lipstick kisses.’
      • ‘Customers are invited to place a kiss on a giant envelope on display at the centre's customer relations desk and make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.’
  • 2Billiards Snooker
    A slight touch of a ball against another ball.

    ‘Davis looked poised to grab another frame from a seemingly lost position only for a double kiss to scupper his comeback in the fifth frame.’
    ‘Potting the white, or a double kiss, just like this.’
  • 3North American A small cake, biscuit, or sweet.

Phrases

    kiss and make up
    • Become reconciled.

      • ‘We have our little spats from time to time, but we always kiss and make up before the neighbors start to wonder.’
      • ‘He was supposed to say sorry and she was supposed to forgive him, then they'd kiss and make up.’
      • ‘It was time for the brothers to kiss and make up, and also for Owen to reconcile with Davey.’
      • ‘You know sisters argue, and they kiss and make up and that's just how our relationship was.’
      • ‘I think she has it in her head that if she gets us all in the same room we'll crack and kiss and make up.’
      • ‘Along comes a referee intent on making peace but instead of getting both sides to kiss and make up the peacemaker only exacerbates the situation.’
      • ‘We have got to kiss and make up with the staff we have been in dispute with and get the team rebuilt.’
      • ‘Both men, he says, were forced to kiss and make up in front of everybody on the team bus on Friday afternoon.’
      • ‘Well after couples have a fight, they kiss and make up.’
      • ‘The most important thing for Cole is to think independently of his agent before he chooses whether or not to kiss and make up with Arsenal.’
    kiss and tell
    • Recount one's sexual exploits, especially to the media concerning a famous person.

      as modifier ‘this isn't a kiss-and-tell book’
      • ‘Anything goes, just bear in mind that the winning entries will be printed here, and a kiss-and-tell article won't even be considered.’
      • ‘So far, he's not one to kiss and tell much about his encounters.’
      • ‘She doesn't kiss and tell and all personal details are carefully monitored.’
      • ‘Don't kiss and tell, even if you're really proud of yourself.’
      • ‘His warts and all, kiss-and-tell book should be available in shops by the end of the month.’
      • ‘He was forced to resign when the prostitute sold her kiss-and-tell story to the press.’
      • ‘Generally, I'm not the kind of guy who likes to kiss and tell - but everyone wants to know the story.’
      • ‘He said he wasn't the kiss-and-tell type, but he's sure beginning to sound like he might be ready to change his mind.’
      • ‘A small smile plays on my lips as certain memories come to the forefront, but I'm going to keep those to myself because I was never one to kiss and tell.’
      • ‘No matter how much I prodded her for information, she continued to shake her head and say, ‘It's rude to kiss and tell.’’
    kiss someone's arse
    British vulgar slang
    • Behave obsequiously towards someone.

    kiss ass
    North American vulgar slang
    • Behave in an obsequious or sycophantic way.

    kiss something better
    informal
    • Comfort a sick or injured person, especially a child, by kissing the sore or injured part of their body as a gesture of removing pain.

      • ‘Rob and I thought we were going to grow old together and even now, when the children fall down, I can hear him offering to kiss them better.’
      • ‘When they trip over their own feet, get tangled in a skipping rope or fall off their bike, their parents kiss it better and utter the well-worn phrase ‘You'll live’.’
      • ‘I'd kiss his graze better… and it always worked.’
      • ‘He is looking all of 11 years old now and I almost want to sit him on my knee and kiss his finger better.’
      • ‘Do you recall the soothing touch of your mother, brushing away your tears and kissing it better?’
      • ‘I picked up her hand, guessed at what might have been the injured finger, and kissed it better.’
      • ‘In the Forman kitchen, Fez sits on the counter while Kitty puts a band-aid on his knee, then kisses it better.’
      • ‘Remember when we were kids, that scrape, when Mummy / Daddy rubbed it and kissed it better, the pain went away and all was well.’
      • ‘In the end, having been saved, the child bandages dad's cuts and kisses them better.’
      • ‘He tried to fix my toe and kissed it better.’
    kiss of death
    • An action or event that causes certain failure for an enterprise.

      ‘it would be the kiss of death for the company if it could be proved that the food was unsafe’
      • ‘This turn of events may be the kiss of death to such reform efforts as were underway.’
      • ‘It is unclear exactly how to go about impressing the sisters, but a failure to do so is a frequently cited kiss of death.’
      • ‘Correspondents were mainly concerned that anything described as rural seems afflicted with the kiss of death where government departments are concerned.’
      • ‘Media coverage of your work is the kiss of death.’
      • ‘It was France and Russia that gave the existing system the kiss of death by exposing its emptiness and fundamental immorality.’
      • ‘I used to hold up couples I knew as ‘perfect couples,’ until a string of divorces proved it to be the kiss of death.’
      • ‘In a culture driven by youth, beauty and vitality, illness doesn't have to be terminal to be the kiss of death to a flourishing career, or an Oscar nomination.’
      • ‘It could be the kiss of death for their marriage, which has lasted 31 years or something like that, you know.’
      • ‘It's the kiss of death if the president comes to praise your program.’
      • ‘Well, personally I would have thought that Arts Council support was the kiss of death for anything, but once again that's just me.’
    kiss something goodbye
    informal
    • Accept the certain loss of something.

      ‘I could kiss my career goodbye’
      • ‘Leeds, for all their excellent progress in the Champions League, can realistically kiss the league championship goodbye after this defeat.’
      • ‘Step out of line and you can kiss your career goodbye.’
      • ‘Looks like the administration has decided on one strategy for jump-starting the economy - kissing the strong dollar goodbye.’
      • ‘A solder has kissed goodbye to his Army career after being jailed for beating his wife.’
      • ‘In one of his dreams, we see him riding to work on the metro during rush hour and announcing that he is kissing his old life goodbye.’
      • ‘If the manager's nicknames for his Dodgers are any indication of his talents, you can kiss this season goodbye.’
      • ‘You could kiss the nature reserve goodbye if they build that development.’
      • ‘As far as I can tell, treating your client to a karaoke power-lunch over here could mean kissing your deal goodbye.’
      • ‘Premiers Maclean can kiss goodbye to their twin premiership titles if they incur yet another loss in Saturday's clash with Southern Cross Uni.’
      • ‘Students planning on returning to the United States for another co-op term must now kiss that opportunity goodbye.’
    kiss of life
    • 1Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

      • ‘He was given the kiss of life and an ambulance was called.’
      • ‘After listening to her chest, he began to give her the kiss of life and attempted CPR using two of his fingers.’
      • ‘Mr Young, a trained first aider, felt a faint pulse and gave his wife the kiss of life after calling for an ambulance.’
      • ‘Beaux suddenly shouted, ‘Lemme give her the kiss of life!’’
      • ‘If they're unconscious ring 999 or, if you can, give the kiss of life.’
      • ‘I hit Tom's chest to start his heart and gave him the kiss of life until he took a breath.’
      • ‘The hero ended up in hospital when he gave the six-month-old the kiss of life after carrying her out of a blazing block of flats.’
      • ‘By the time I got there a gentleman was giving her the kiss of life trying to bring her round.’
      • ‘Scaring the killer off, he desperately attempts the kiss of life on the hopeless victim until relieved by police.’
      • ‘The GP later told her he had given her the kiss of life after she had turned blue following a life-threatening reaction to the painkilling drug.’
      1. 1.1An action or event that revives a failing enterprise.
        ‘good ratings gave the programme the kiss of life’
        • ‘Three years ago, they bought a battered complex of medieval, Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian buildings, and gave it the kiss of life.’
        • ‘Baxter's success has already given the sleepy skiing resort the kiss of life and has ignited plans for a proposed Aviemore centre.’
        • ‘‘The garden was waiting 50 years to be given the kiss of life,’ garden project director, Ian August says.’
        • ‘It wants to give the kiss of life to seven areas in and around the town centre which would improve the cultural, residential, retail, business and leisure aspects of New Town.’
        • ‘An ancient pathway which had fallen into disrepair over more than 100 years has been given a £20,000 kiss of life.’
        • ‘The length and breadth of the county, he has taken crumbling old shelters and given them the kiss of life.’
        • ‘In the past few years however the kiss of life has been given to the League of Ireland and now three years into the 21st Century, it is flourishing.’
        • ‘That goal gave the match the kiss of life it needed, but it would have taken more than a bit of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive Dunfermline's hopes.’
        • ‘Another kiss of life is required to take them into a new era and in this relay race, the sporting world dare not drop the baton.’
        • ‘There is potential in the bar, it just needs to be given the kiss of life by someone.’
    kiss of peace
    • A ceremonial kiss given or exchanged as a sign of unity, especially the act of kissing the consecrated elements during the Christian Eucharist.

      • ‘The Pope then beckoned and kissed them all, before then inviting the congregation to exchange the kiss of peace with their neighbours.’
      • ‘In the choir, he received the monks one by one and gave each the kiss of peace.’
      • ‘If judges and similar high officials have to stay apart, neither should the ordained join the people, either when preaching to them or to exchange the kiss of peace.’
      • ‘Before the kiss of peace, Mendenhall encouraged the gathered to ‘hug the work of art that is sitting next to you.’’
      • ‘The bestowal of peace upon the disciples may also echo a feature of the liturgy, the greeting or kiss of peace - a feature of the liturgy from the earliest times.’
      • ‘In addition the Orthodox Liturgy links the kiss of peace with the profession of faith, the Creed.’
      • ‘In the primitive church at Rome and in the Eastern Church, the kiss of peace was offered after the first part of the Mass and before the Eucharistic Prayer.’
      • ‘The Christians in attendance offered those in their particular order a kiss of peace with the words ‘Christ is in our midst.’’
      • ‘For all its traditional trappings, the kiss of peace always seemed more like an experimental hippie-inspired add-on to the Mass, up there with guitars and liturgical ‘dance’.’
      • ‘The East appears to have given up the general kiss of peace still earlier.’
    kiss the rod
    • Accept punishment submissively.

      • ‘Better on this occasion to kiss the rod than try to dodge the issue.’
      • ‘If you have - go - retire into silent obscurity, and kiss the rod that scourges you.’
      • ‘I have reason to speak much of His goodness, and to kiss the rod, for it was sweetened with abundant mercies.’
      • ‘Thus rebuffed, he kissed the rod to the extent of asking the Committee what sort of proposal it would endorse.’
      • ‘Though physically robust, he never rebelled against his superiors, and kissed the rod of contempt with the exemplary meekness of a Christian.’
      • ‘But he soon perceived that, if the people were oppressed, they kissed the rod of the oppressor, as they gave no signs of rising.’
      • ‘So now I hope you are properly scolded, and having kissed the rod, like a good disciple, are taking seriously to your task.’
      • ‘It is a source of satisfaction that she has not shut her eyes to the prime cause of these dispensations - that she has seen and kissed the rod in the hands of the Almighty.’
      • ‘If you are unable to believe in this exclusive, tyrannous god, to bend the knee and kiss the rod - you'll burn in hell for all eternity.’
      • ‘You will thank me and kiss the rod.’

Phrasal Verbs

    kiss someone or something off
    North American informal
    • Dismiss or reject someone or something abruptly.

      • ‘Sure, I might have kissed the series off earlier this year, but The Simpsons still remains my most favorite tv series ever.’
      • ‘His newspaper indicates his desperation to kiss the story off.’
      • ‘After the game, the referees were kissed off by Heinsohn, who must still be enraged by the one call that went against him in his 690 games as Celtics coach.’
      • ‘Why did The Washington Post kiss it off in one nasty paragraph?’
      • ‘They want all the assets, all the power, and they want us to just kiss it off and just say okay, you're free.’
      • ‘And when he kisses Brigid off, you suspect he's had her number all along.’
      • ‘Yet we may have brushed them aside, kissed them off, given them short shrift.’
      • ‘I never voted for the Greens and the Democrats have successfully kissed me off for a long, long time.’
      • ‘After one suspect kissed her off, she confessed to the Bay Street insider, ‘I have to tell you I hate Frank.’’
      • ‘Should your stencil sheet be too thin, lumpy or uneven it is a good idea to kiss it off as soon as you notice.’
    kiss up to
    North American informal
    • Behave sycophantically or obsequiously towards (someone) in order to obtain something.

      • ‘He's being kissed up to in public, but the knives are out for him.’
      • ‘He seemingly scheduled every day around publicly kissing up to the people who hate him most.’
      • ‘Even if these gals were your only friends, you can't spend your days kissing up to them.’
      • ‘Often times, the ‘priests’ would not even belong to a religion, but would be scientists or philosophers kissing up to the current elite.’
      • ‘OK, now that I'm done kissing up to my new boss, let's move on to the reason you're reading this column - literary news and events.’
      • ‘He began to prance around his classroom, joking with his cronies, flirting with the girls and kissing up to the teacher.’
      • ‘Now, I'm forced to take orders from a woman who kisses up to the most spineless person I meet!’
      • ‘Trying to kiss up to her boss, Ellen instead puts her foot in her mouth and ends up in a Mexican prison.’
      • ‘This is the little teacher's pet who kisses up to Mr. Maddox.’

Origin

Old English cyssan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kussen and German küssen.

Pronunciation

kiss

/kɪs/