French kiss
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /frɛntʃˈkɪs/, /frɛnʃˈkɪs/
Noun

French kiss (plural French kisses)

  1. A kiss in the French style, variously understood as
    1. (now uncommon) The act or an instance of kissing another person's cheeks in turn as a greeting.
      • 1836, John Scott, letter:
        I do not think there would be any harm in sending him a French kiss. It is what no English lawyer can object to, it being only justice to make both sides of the face alike.
      • 2007, Ronald Johnston, Big Lie, p. 37:
        She had informed the amused seniors that the custom of greeting people with a kiss on each cheek was known as the French kiss.
    2. (rare) The act or an instance of touching cheeks together in turn as a greeting.
      • 1898 August 31, Bangor Daily Whig, p. 4:
        Frenchwomen touch cheeks, first one, then the other, and this touching of cheeks is known in England as the French kiss and has been adopted to a considerable extent in London among society women.
    3. The act or an instance of kissing that involves the use of one's tongue.
      • 1922, Elliot Harold Paul, Indelible, p. 61:
        She showed me the French kiss where you stick your tongue out, but I didn't like it.
      • 1948, Alfred Charles Kinsey & al., Sexual Behavior of the Human Male, p. 540:
        Simple lip kissing may be extended into a deep kiss (a French kiss or soul kiss, in the college parlance) which may involve more or less extensive tongue contacts.
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French kiss

  1. (ambitransitive) To give a French kiss, in its various senses.
    • 1923, Joseph Manchon, Le Slang, p. 130:
      French kiss, baiser très appuyé.
    • 1930, John Dos Passos, The 42nd Parallel, p. 390:
      She taught him how to frenchkiss and would stroke his hair.
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