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(1)   A light glancing touch
"There was a brief kiss of their hands in passing"
(2)   The act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
(3)   Any of several bite-sized candies
(4)   A cookie made of egg whites and sugar


(5)   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"
(6)   Touch lightly or gently
"The blossoms were kissed by the soft rain"


cyssan, from *kussja-, cognates include Danish Dutch kussen, German küssen, Swedish kyssa. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ku- or *kus- (probably imitative), with cognates including Ancient Greek κύσσω (kysso) poet. form of κύσω (kyso) "to kiss", and Hittite kuwassanzi "they kiss".

Homer, Odyssey, 16.15: kusse de min kephalen... "he kissed his forehead"; Aristophanes, Clouds, 56.81: kuson me... "kiss me...", etc., from κυνέω (kyneo) "to kiss".


  1. To touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually to express love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting, or as part of sexual activity.
  2. To touch lightly or slightly.
    His ball kissed the black into the corner pocket.
    The nearside of the car just kissed a parked truck as he took the corner at high speed.
  3. Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
  4. To mark a cross (X) after your name on a card, etc.


  1. A touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
  2. A candy or sweet wrapped in paper with twisted ends.