kiss (kisses, present participle kissing; past and past participle kissed)
- (transitive) To touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually to show love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 3, scene ii]:
- He […] kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack, / That at the parting all the church echoed.
- 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II Scene 2
- I'll kiss thy foot. I'll swear myself thy subject.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […], and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
- (ambitransitive) To (cause to) touch lightly or slightly; to come into contact.
- The nearside of the car just kissed a parked truck as he took the corner at high speed.
- His ball kissed the black into the corner pocket.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 2, scene vi]:
- Like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume.
- 1870, Alfred Tennyson, The Window
- Rose, rose and clematis, / Trail and twine and clasp and kiss.
- (intransitive) Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
- (transitive, archaic) To treat with fondness.
- See also Thesaurus:kiss
- French: embrasser
- German: küssen, knutschen
- Italian: baciare
- Portuguese: beijar
- Russian: целова́ть
- Spanish: besar
- French: s'embrasser
- Italian: baciarsi
- Portuguese: beijar-se
- Russian: целова́ться
- Spanish: besar
kiss (plural kisses)
- A touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
- An 'X' mark placed at the end of a letter or other type of message.
- A type of filled chocolate candy, shaped as if someone had kissed the top. See Hershey's Kisses.
- (touch with the lips) See Thesaurus:buss
- French: baiser, bisou, bécot, bec (Quebec), bise
- German: Kuss, Busserl
- Italian: bacio
- Portuguese: beijo
- Russian: поцелу́й
- Spanish: beso, ósculo
- Russian: безе́
- The KISS principle.
- One simply cannot discuss simplicity in writing without mentioning KISS.