An example of kiss is for a couple to touch their lips together in affection.
Flowers that were kissed by dew.
The bowling ball just kissed the pin.
Barely kissed the other car with the bumper.
An example of a kiss is a person's touching of her lips to a friend's cheek.
An example of a kiss is adding a small amount of a distinctive flavor to a drink; a kiss of mint.
- To act submissively or obsequiously in order to gain favor.
- To be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless:.She can kiss her vacation plans goodbye.
- To be obsequious or fawning, as to gain an advantage or approval.
- To kiss in taking leave.
- To give up all hope of getting, recovering, realizing, etc.
- To dismiss rudely or contemptuously.
- To try to gain favor by acting servilely; fawn.To kiss up to the judge.
Origin of kiss
- Middle English kissen from Old English cyssan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English cyssan, from Proto-Germanic *kussijaną, cognates include Danish kysse, Dutch kussen, German küssen, Icelandic kyssa and Swedish kyssa. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ku, *kus (probably imitative), with cognates including Ancient Greek κύσσω (kusso), poetic form of κύσω (kuso, “to kiss”), and Hittite kuwassanzi (“they kiss”).