See also: KISS and Kiss


A woman kissing a baby


  • enPR: kĭs, IPA(key): /kɪs/, [kʰɪs]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪs

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English kissen, kussen, from Old English cyssan (to kiss), from Proto-West Germanic *kussijan, from Proto-Germanic *kussijaną (to kiss).

Cognates include Saterland Frisian küsje, Dutch kussen, German Low German küssen, German küssen, Danish kysse, Swedish kyssa, Norwegian kysse, Icelandic kyssa. Compare Proto-Indo-European *ku-, *kus- (probably imitative), with byspels including Ancient Greek κύσσω (kússō), poetic form of κύσω (kúsō, to kiss), and Hittite [script needed] (kuwassanzi, they kiss).


kiss (third-person singular simple present kisses, present participle kissing, simple past and past participle kissed)

  1. (transitive) To touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually to show love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To (cause to) touch lightly or slightly; to come into contact.
    The nearside of the car just kissed a parked truck as he took the corner at high speed.
    His ball kissed the black into the corner pocket.
  3. (intransitive) Of two or more people, to touch each other's lips together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To treat with fondness.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English kis, kys, kus, forms of cos influenced by kissen, from Old English coss, from Proto-West Germanic *koss, from Proto-Germanic *kussaz.


kiss (plural kisses)

  1. A touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
  2. An 'X' mark placed at the end of a letter or other type of message, signifying the bestowal of a kiss from the sender to the receiver.
    • 1966, Brian W. Aldiss, The Saliva Tree, published 1968, page 67:
      With some satisfaction, Gergory read this through twice, signed it and added kisses[.]
  3. A type of filled chocolate candy, shaped as if someone had kissed the top. See Hershey's Kisses.
  4. (astronomy) The alignment of two bodies in the solar system such that they have the same longitude when seen from Earth, conjunction.
  5. (aviation) A low-speed mid-air collision between the envelopes of two hot air balloons, generally causing no damage or injury.
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Terms derived from the noun or verb kiss

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Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of kissen



Partly imitative, partly a euphemism for piss (see pissa (to pee)).



kiss n (uncountable)

  1. pee, wee, tinkle, urine
    Synonyms: (vulgar) piss, urin


Declension of kiss 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative kiss kisset
Genitive kiss kissets

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