Language: Old English
Origin: cyssan


1 verb
kiss1 S3 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to touch someone with your lips as a greeting, to show them love, or as part of a sexual relationship:
Maggie leaned forward and kissed her cheek.
Georgina took him in her arms and kissed him on the lips.
Jim and Mary kissed (=they kissed each other).
kiss somebody gently/lightly
He kissed her gently and stroked her hair.
2 [transitive] to touch something with your lips as a sign of respect:
She raised the crucifix to her lips and kissed it.

kiss goodbye to something/kiss something goodbye

informal to accept that you will lose something or lose an opportunity to do something:
She knew if she concentrated on her marriage she could kiss her career goodbye.

kiss something better

spoken used, especially to a child, to say that you will take away the pain of something by kissing them:
Here, let Mommy kiss it better.

kiss my ass

American English informal not polite an insulting expression used to show that you do not respect someone

kiss (somebody's) ass

American English informal not polite to be too nice to someone who can give you something you want - used to show disapproval
7 [transitive] literary if the wind, sun etc kisses something, it gently moves or touches it

kiss up to somebody

phrasal verb
to try to please someone in order to get them to do something for you - used to show disapproval [= suck up to British English]
If you say that, it'll look like you're kissing up to me.

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