When a person’s lips come together to express affection or respect for another person, this results in a kiss. This word can be used as a verb or as a noun.
She’s kissing him on the cheek. (verb)
She’s giving him a kiss. (noun)
| They’re kissing each other on the lips. |
| He’s kissing her hand. |
In these sentences, the word "kiss" is a noun:
- Give your grandmother a kiss goodbye.
- The wedding ceremony ended with a kiss.
- The actress blew kisses to her admirers.
In the next set of sentences, the word "kiss" is a verb. The "ed" ending for the past tense or past participle for "kiss" makes a "t" sound:
- John kissed his wife goodbye.
- Diane kissed her children goodnight.
- George is 23 years old and he has never kissed a girl before.
There are a few expressions that use the word "kiss."
- No one in the office likes Alice because she always kisses up to the boss. (kiss up to = to complement or flatter someone excessively for the purpose of gaining an advantage)
- You can kiss your promotion goodbye if you don’t do what the president of the company asks you to do. (kiss goodbye = to abandon; lose an opportunity)
- An early frost was the kiss of death for our tomato plants. (kiss of death = an event or signal that something is going to end or die.)
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This page was first published on September 16, 2012. It was updated on April 11, 2015.