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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
kiss /kɪs/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- to touch gently or lightly:[~ + object]The breeze kissed her face.
- to put, bring, take, or express by kissing:[~ + object]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.
- an act or instance of kissing:a quick kiss for luck.
- a slight touch or contact:the kiss of the sunlight.
- 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.
(kis),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, reverence, etc.:He kissed his son on the cheek.
- to join lips with in this way:She kissed him and left.
- to touch gently or lightly:The breeze kissed her face.
- to put, bring, take, etc., by, or as if by, kissing:She kissed the baby's tears away.
- Games[Billiards, Pool.](of a ball) to make slight contact with or brush (another ball).
- to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion, etc.:They kissed passionately.
- to express a thought, feeling, etc., by a contact of the lips:They kissed good-bye at the station.
- to purse and then part the lips, emitting a smacking sound, as in kissing someone.
- Games[Billiards, Pool.](of a ball) to carom gently off or touch another ball.
- kiss ass, Slang (vulgar). to be obsequious;
- kiss off, [Slang.]
- to reject, dismiss, or ignore:He kissed off their objections with a wave of his hand.
- (used to express contemptuous rejection or dismissal).
- to give up, renounce, or dispense with:Leaving Tulsa meant kissing off a promising job.
- an act or instance of kissing.
- a slight touch or contact.
- Games[Billiards, Pool.]the slight touch of one ball by another.
- Fooda baked confection of egg whites and confectioners' sugar, served as a cookie.
- Fooda piece of toffeelike confectionery, sometimes containing nuts, coconut, or the like.
- Fooda small, sometimes conical, bite-size piece of chocolate, usually individually wrapped.
- Idiomsblow or throw a kiss, to indicate an intended kiss from a distance, usually in bidding farewell, by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand toward the person greeted.
keep it simple, stupid.
- bef. 900; Middle English kissen to kiss, Old English cyssan (cognate with German küssen, Old Norse kyssa), derivative of Old English coss a kiss; cognate with Old Norse koss, German Küss
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
kiss /kɪs/ vb
- (transitive) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc
- (intransitive) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire
- to touch (each other) lightly
- (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving
See also kiss offEtymology: Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssaˈkissable adj
- the act of kissing; a caress with the lips
- a light touch
KISS abbreviation for
- keep it simple, stupid