- to give a kiss to (a person or thing); touch or caress with the lips
- to touch lightly or gently: the bowling ball just kissed the pin
Origin of kissMiddle English kissen from Old English cyssan, akin to German küssen from Indo-European base an unverified form kus-, probably echoic
- to give a kiss to one another on the lips
- to touch one another lightly
- a touch or caress with the lips, often with some pressure and suction, as an act of affection, desire, greeting, etc.
- a light, gentle touch or slight contact
- any of various candies
- a baked confection of egg white and sugar
Origin of kissME kisse < the v., replacing cosse < OE coss
- to kiss in taking leave
- Informal to give up all hope of getting, recovering, realizing, etc.