kiss

To kiss is to touch someone's face or lips with your own lips. Most people kiss each other as a way of saying "Hello!" or because they love each other.

You might kiss your grandma on the cheek, kiss your girlfriend on the mouth, or kiss your dog on his furry head. In each case, you're using an ancient human practice that anthropologists believe evolved either from a basic instinct, or perhaps from the habit of mothers feeding their babies pre-chewed food, mouth-to-mouth. Colloquially, you can "kiss something goodbye," or accept the fact that you'll lose it — and "the kiss of death" is something sure to bring failure.

Definitions of kiss
  1. verb
    touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
    “The newly married couple kissed
    “She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room”
    synonyms: buss, osculate, snog
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    types:
    peck, smack
    kiss lightly
    type of:
    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  2. verb
    touch lightly or gently
    “the blossoms were kissed by the soft rain”
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    type of:
    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  3. noun
    the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
    synonyms: buss, osculation
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    smack, smooch
    an enthusiastic kiss
    French kiss, deep kiss, soul kiss
    an openmouthed kiss in which your tongue is inserted into the other's mouth
    smacker
    a loud kiss
    type of:
    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  4. noun
    a light glancing touch
    “there was a brief kiss of their hands in passing”
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    type of:
    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  5. noun
    any of several bite-sized candies
    synonyms: candy kiss
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    molasses kiss
    a candy kiss that resembles toffee
    meringue kiss
    a kiss made of sugar and egg white and baked slowly
    chocolate kiss
    a kiss that consists of a conical bite-sized piece of chocolate
    Scotch kiss
    butterscotch candy kiss
    type of:
    candy, confect
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
  6. noun
    a cookie made of egg whites and sugar
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    type of:
    biscuit, cookie, cooky
    any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
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