kiss /kɪs/USA pronunciation
an act or instance of kissing:a quick kiss for luck.
a slight touch or contact:the kiss of the sunlight.
- to touch or press with the lips slightly pushed out, to show affection, greeting, reverence, etc.: [~ + object]She kissed him.[no object]They kissed briefly.
- [~ + object] to touch gently or lightly:The breeze kissed her face.
- [~ + object] to put, bring, take, or express by kissing:She kissed the baby's tears away.
- kiss off, [Slang.]to reject or dismiss openly and without feeling: [~ + off + object]kissed off a promising job.[~ + object + off]just kissed it off.
- blow or throw a kiss, to indicate a kiss from a distance by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand forward toward the person greeted, usually used to signal farewell:She blew a kiss to the crowd.
- kiss of death, [usually: the + ~] something that causes or is thought to cause destruction, failure, disaster, or the like:Hiring him was the kiss of death for this project.