Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kisser n.

(orig. boxing)

1. as a physical feature.

(a) the mouth; in pl., the lips (see cit. 1904).

[UK](con. 1837) Fights for the Championship 358: On coming up, Swift showed blood from his kisser.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 16: ‘A cant over the kisser,’ a blow on the mouth.
[UK]Leics. Mercury 30 Nov. 2/4: [headline] A Real ‘Smack’ on the Kisser.
[Aus]Golden Age (Queanbeyan, NSW) 4 Sept. 3/2: Tom’s fistic slang is like so much Hebrew to us, we being in a most pastoral state of ignorance as to the meanings of [...] ‘saluting the kisser,’ ‘rattling the ivories,’ ‘closing the skylights,’ ‘rolling in lemons,’ ‘drawing the vermillion,’ ‘tapping the claret,’ ‘flinging up the sponge,’ and the various other terms with which he garnishes his narrative.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 21 May 2/5: The ruby showed from Carstair’s kisser and first blood was claimed.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Sept. 2/2: It’s knocked poor Joseph opver flat, / And puffs up all his ‘kisser’.
[US]Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA) 9 July 3/6: Prize Ring Slang [...] ‘kisser,’ ‘grubber,’ ‘trap,’ ‘whistler,’ ‘ivory-box,’ the mouth.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 Oct. 3/2: Maggie sailed in, playing nimbly on Annie’s [...] ‘kisser’.
[UK]Chelmsford Chron. 11 Oct. 2/6: Defendant told them that if they did not stop it he would give them one ‘on the kisser’.
[US]Atchison Dly Champion (KS) 12 Mar. 2/1: Prize-fighters these days never break a ‘claret jug,’ nor do they get a ‘cant on the kisser’.
[US]Ade Forty Modern Fables 285: The Saloon Men were shrieking to the Participants to Beat his Block off and Jam him in the Kisser.
[US]O. Kildare Good of the Wicked 50: Say, Polly, if I sees that cove putting up his snoot to them ruby kissers o’ yourn again I’ll soak him in the slats.
[UK] Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/4: Daddy Mills slipped in his right and then his left, bang on the kisser!
[NZ]Truth (Wellington) 28 Aug. 3/5: The Timaru lad plugged his enemy repeatedly on the smeller and the kisser.
[Ire]Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 195: Eh, give it over, Dwyer, I’m telling you or I’ll give you a stuff in the kisser for yourself.
[US]Hecht & Bodenheim Cutie 39: ‘Why the shredded wheat over the kisser?’ inquired our heroine eyeing the false mustache.
[US]W. Winchell ‘On Broadway’ 5 Nov. [synd. col.] In ‘Dawn Patrol’ chocolate syrup was put on Errol Flynn’s kisser to make it look grease-smeared.
[US]C. Himes ‘Make with the Shape’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 110: Jessie May’s fine, round gams; her sweet, luscious kisser; and her big, brown, everloving peepers.
[US]Mad mag. Mar. 4: That old lady gave me a belt in the kisser!
[Aus]‘David Forrest’ Hollow Woodheap 61: There are three bodies aching for Lucas’ arms and his passionate kisser.
[UK]F. Norman Dead Butler Caper 109: I need a watch [...] because I busted mine on Tools Gunstone’s kisser.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 187: What about a kiss for Keith? What about a smacker for the kisser of Keith Talent?
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 56: Shiner probably shoud’ve asked JoLayne who popped her in the kisser.
[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 109: I now knew the identity of the shithead who clobbered me in the kisser at the Metro.
[Aus] A. Bergen ‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] A gun-barrel stuck in my kisser.
[US]J. Stahl Happy Mutant Baby Pills 80: I stood in front of him [...] in the jailhouse love position [...] Crotch to kisser.

(b) the face.

[UK]‘Career of a Scapegrace’ in Leicester Chron. 10 May 12/1: We know it’s part of your lurk to carry about with you a mug as long as a fiddle. You should [...] put on a smiling kisser for the good of the company.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Sept. 9/2: The burden of one song was that if your girl didn’t seem sufficiently pliable at the first go-off, you were to ‘smack her round the “kisser” once or twice.’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 5 May 6/2: All you want is a big bingy and a bignjiant [?] kisser, and there you are a bowler.
[US]Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 250: Kisser. the face.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 131: ‘Listen, broad,’ I’d say, then, ‘you got your roasting clothes on to-day and you better take ’em off quick or I’ll slam you one in the kisser.’.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Juno and the Paycock Act I: An’ mebbe get a bullet in the kisser?
[UK]B. Bennett ‘The Lights of London’ in Billy Bennett’s Fourth Souvenir Budget 22: Snowflakes hit you in the kisser.
[US]G. Marx article in Groucho Letters (1967) 183: If they were assured that so-and-so wouldn’t show his ugly kisser on the screen, my guess is they would tear the doors down to get in.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 75: If you don’t give it to him, he belts you in the kisser.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 88: You wouldn’t be lookin’ for a smack in the kisser, by any chance, would you, sport?
[US]Fantastic Four Annual 38: How come I’m lookin’ at your ugly kisser, Stretcho?
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 155: The next thing you know, she wants to cop a sneak [...] and then you got to punch her out, shut her up, ruin her kisser.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 7: The skinny guy with the pockmarked kisser sneered.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 97: We go over, show her we’re serious, and walk out with Georgie’s happy-bag and the mayor’s kisser.

(c) the anus.

[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 190: Kisser Face; sometimes used in an ironic sense to indicate the anus.


(a) a toady, a sycophant [abbr. ass-kisser n.].

[US]R. Leveridge Walk on the Water 180: They were the ‘Kissers.’ Conversation with an officer gave them a sense of prestige.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 98: I turned to the horseshoe of hanging judge-kissers and collected myself.
[US]A. Heckerling Clueless [film script] mr hall: Paroudasm Budapshawn, 16 tardies to work off. (Paroudasm mutters something in Farsi and his friends cheer) Janet Huon, no tardies. classmates: Kisser!

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