1. in sexual contexts.
(a) to have sexual intercourse [note Fr. baiser, lit. to kiss, in sl. to have sexual intercourse].
|Mayd Emlyn in Poetical Tracts 15: Full swetely wolde she kys With galauntes, ywys, And say it was no synne.|
|Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 61: He offers the same closely to this mannerly Marian [...] if she would meet him on the back-side of the town and courteously kiss him without constraint.|
|Parliament of Women B4: Mistris Dorcas Doe-little [...] saith she, my husband is a Gamester and as he games abroad, so I play at home; if he bee at bowles and kisse the Mistris, I can for recreation play at rubbers with his man.|
|‘Merry Cuckold’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1871) I 256: Wiues chast appeare, yet they’l kisse now and then.|
|‘Penance’ in Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) I 167: If every Wench were served so Then kissing would be dear.|
|Dutch Lover III ii: Give me a Wench that will out-drink the Dutch, out-dance the French, and out-out-kiss the English.|
|‘English Fortune-Teller’ in Pepys’ Penny Merriments (1976) 70: [A thumb-line] long and reddish, in the hand of a Woman, intimates she will kiss in a corner, or (in a plainer sence) is a little whorish.|
|London-Spy xiv 343: She’ll prove an excellent Bedfellow to him that has the Luck to Marry her, and a kind Companion to an Honest Friend that loves Kissing in a Corner.|
|Step to Stir-Bitch Fair in II 253: If the Mistress thou can’st Bed, Be sure thou do’st not Kiss the Maid.|
|Fables and Tales in Poems II (1800) 515: Ah me! you reverence’s sister, Ten times I carnally have – kist her.|
|Collection of Songs (1788) 44: The next to be kissed on the Plenipo’s list was a delicate Maid of Honour.‘The Great Plenipotentiary’|
|Banquet of Wit 18: Down he lays and up mounts madam. When they had run their lengths, she demanded her goose. No, says Hodge, it is not your’s yet, by G—d, madam for you have kissed me.|
|‘The Blowen’s Man’ Frisky Vocalist 21: I had a gal the other night, / They call her randy Anna – / I kiss’d her full two dozen times / And she never charged a tanner.|
(b) (also kiss it) to fellate or perform cunnilingus.
|[||‘Bashe Libel’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 81: And may not such a man as this, / Think himself worthy for to kisse / A chauncler’s daughter wher she doth pisse? / [...] / With lips, with nose, with toung and all].|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 26: kiss (or kiss it) (v.): Universally meaning to fellate or cunnilingue; it is usually, if not always, said in a lingering way with accents or gestures to distinguish it from the ordinary kiss.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 33: to suck a penis [...] kiss it (’40s–late ’50s). [Ibid.] 121: kiss 1. to practice oral copulation with either sex: kiss it down = sucking cunt, while kiss it off = suck cock.|
2. (US) to hit or strike hard.
|‘My Roomy’Round Up (1929) 339: He kisses the first thing they hands him for three bases .|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 161: Earthquake picks up one of [...] Charley Bernstein’s tables and kisses Johnny Brannigan with same.‘Earthquake’|
3. (US teen) to reject, to do without etc. [abbr. kiss off v./SE kiss goodbye].
|Catalog of Cool [Internet] (to) kiss (verb): To skip, pass, shine on. ‘She told me she’d rather just go to the mountains and kiss the city altogether this weekend.’.|
|Tukids [Internet] Hi Tech Calc! Set 0.9 This program comes with a desktop makeover so you can kiss that plain-looking old one of yours away.|
4. to approach, to draw near, e.g. of a birthday or date.
|Guardian Weekend 19 June 22: A bunch of men kissing 50.|
to give up completely, to abandon all hope.
|Close Quarters (1987) 253: You could hear the loud sloppy smacking of lips as everybody bent over to kiss their assholes goodbye.|
|(con. 1970) Meditations in Green (1985) 197: ‘Sorry. I only wanted to see what time it is.’ ‘Time? Time to kiss your ass goodbye.’.|
|It (1987) 387: It shows where the emergency exits are [...] how to assume the crash-landing position. ‘The Kiss-your-ass-goodbye folder,’ he says.|
|(con. 1967) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 6: Leave this crap for the kids. Or kiss your sweet Irish ass good-bye.|
|Stalker (2001) 206: The patter, the speech, the spiel, the pitch. You don’t have that, you can kiss your business ass good-bye.|
|Our Town 94: ‘Anybody kills a Klansman,’ he spit, ‘they better bend over, kiss their ass good-bye, because the Klan comes in this town, this town is gonna be fuckin’ leveled.’.|
1. (US) to give up hope, to surrender.
|Big League (2004) 47: You’ve been gettin’ way with a lot of stuff to-day [...] but here’s where you can kiss yourself good-by! [sic].‘The Bush League Demon’|
2. to commit suicide.
|‘The Winter Market’ [Internet] She’d gone out that night, I knew, to kiss herself goodbye. To find someone drunk enough to do it for her.|
see separate entry .
see suck someone’s dick under dick n.1
to fawn, to act the sycophant, to toady.
|[||Love and Law IIi i: I must warn and apprize you – that I am most remarkably clear-sighted; consequently there can be no thumb kissing with me, gentlemen].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Nov. 29/2: They want a thing who’ll cadge them jobs, / From Beersheba to Dan; / They want a fraud who’ll creep for votes / And kiss the voter’s toe, / Who’ll meekly slobber every friend, / And fawn on every foe.|
|Owning Up (1974) 224: The producers [were] fed up with bandleaders on the make who were willing if necessary to kiss their rings.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 141: I’m not in your club, remember? I don’t have to kiss your ring.|
|Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos (1994) 64: This was seen as a joke by a lot of folks now kissing their ring.‘Michael Bivins’|
see kiss someone’s arse v.
(orig. US) to take a drink.
|inHumor 341: ‘Kiss baby, gents,’ said the man from Buffalo Wallow....Then all was silence except for a brief community gurgling [HDAS].|
|Authentic Death of Hendry Jones 89: He lifted a whisky bottle to his mouth, drank, said ‘Kiss me baby’ and passed he bottle around.|
(US Und.) to face a certain term of imprisonment.
|Prison Sl. 28: Kiss the Baby A guaranteed prison sentence. ‘He robbed the bank, now he can kiss the baby.’.|
to be confined in either of these prisons.
|F&H].State of the Church of England, etc. (Arber) 22: If I catche thee in London, I will make thee kiss the clinke for this geare [|
|Night Raven 11: You kisse the Counter sirra that is flat, Ile teach you know my place deserues a hat.|
|Bentley’s Misc. (1837) Feb. 180: They will follow you close, and never leave you till you draw your purse, or they for you, though they kisse Newgate for it.in|
(Aus.) to be knocked out.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. (2nd edn).|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 235/1: kiss the cross – to be knocked out.|
(US Und.) of a pickpocket, to steal from a person while face-to-face.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 117/2: Kiss the dog. (Pickpocket jargon) To face a victim while in the act of picking his pocket.et al.|
(orig. US) to die.
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 28: kiss the dust. Be overthrown.|
|AS XI:3 198: Kissed the dust.‘American Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
to be executed on a primitive form of the guillotine.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Kissing the Maid, an Engine in Scotland, and at Halifax in England.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
to be lucky in the choosing of or betting on horses.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: He that would have luck in horse-flesh, must kiss a parson’s wife.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 26: kiss the worm (v.): The children’s term to practice fellation in games involving the penis (worm), wherein a boy’s penis is urinated on, or spit on, daubed with paint, etc.; or even the ‘kissing’ of the penis which is the forfeit a boy must pay for losing in a game.|
see go fuck a duck! under fuck v.
(orig. US) a general excl. of derision or dismissal.
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 53: Well, kiss a fat lady in the ass! [...] The damn probe isn’t coming out.|
|‘Juice Crew Dis’ [lyrics] Kiss me where the sun don’t shine.|
|Straight Outta Compton 48: You can kiss me where the sun don’t shine — and where it rains every day — as far as I’m concerned.|
|Violet of a Deeper Blue 43: Big Red can kiss it where the sun don’t shine, as hard as I been working today.|
|’Skegee Bound 48: ‘Kiss it where the sun don’t shine. Jim!’ Our argument could be heard over the clamor of the dishwasher.|
(W.I. Rasta) a common excl. of surprise.
|(con. 1940s) Jamaica Labrish 28: Kiss me neck! One no mo’ farden bump she buy.‘Candy Seller’ in|
see separate entry.
(US/Aus.) a general statement of contempt or dismissal; thus phr. not so much as a kiss-me-foot, without even the most minimal attention or interest.
|Georgia Scenes (1848) 204: ‘Kiss my foot!’ said Mealy.|
|Poor Man’s Orange 32: We gotta come to public hospitals because we’re poor, and so we can be pushed around without so much as a kiss-me-foot.|
|Shiralee 87: Not so much as a kiss-me-foot.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 18: Well, kiss my foot if it isn’t Jones.|
|Burn 123: The words would have to go somewhere near: uncut ribbons frayed at the ends; not a kiss-me-foot.|
a general statement of contempt or dismissal.
|Gammer Gurton’s Needle in Whitworth (1997) III iii: Thou wert as good kiss my tail!|
|Maronides (1678) V 116: They sack and pillage Neptunes Altars / [...] / Fate kiss their tails.|
(US teen) an all-purpose excl. of rejection.
|‘Valley Girls’ on Paranoiafanzine [Internet] OK....you’re like, a total jel. I mean, you’re hopeless. So, uh, kiss my tuna, okay.|
SE in slang uses
(orig. boxing ) the mouth.
|Morn. Chron. 16 June 4/5: The latter had the bark taken from his kissing-trap and the claret exhibited Jem’s happy knack of ‘drawing a cork’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 Oct. 1/3: Hayes fought quickly [...] twice or thrice taking liberties with his kissing trap.|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 118: He told Verdant, that his claret had been repeatedly tapped, [...] his kissing-trap countered, his ribs roasted, his nut spanked, and his whole person put in chancery, stung, bruised, fibbed, propped, fiddled, slogged, and otherwise ill-treated.|
|(con. 1845) Fights for the Championship 189: Bendy again nailed Caunt [...] on his damaged kissing-trap.|
|Argys (Melbourne) 30 Nov. 5/5: The report [...] is copiously garnished with the slang of the prize ring; the various features of the brutal combatants being designated ‘ogles,’ ‘probosces,’ ‘smellers,’ ‘kissing traps,’ ‘winkers,’ &c.|
|Cheshire Obs. 18 Aug. 8/3: Panfish smacking Grasshopper’s kissing trap, which nearly made Grassey go to grass.|
|in House Scraps (1887) 54: The ‘offside’ of his ‘kissing-trap’ / Displays an ugly mark!|
|(ref. to mid-19C) Essex Newsman 10 Sept. 1/3: I was [...] amused by the quaint language used by my predecessors in the Ring [...] ‘The Nobbler dashed in his left mawley and landed on the British Oak’s kissing-trap [...] knocking out two of his front rails’.|
see passion wagon under passion n.
to reject, to do without, ‘say goodbye’ to.
|in National Police Gazette 5 May 3: ‘I’ll kiss mine goodbye,’ said Nell as she dropped her pasteboards in the discard [HDAS].|
|Abe and Mawruss 174: When a feller puts three thousand dollars into a fiddle, y’understand, he could kiss himself good-bye with his business.|
|Top-Notch 15 Dec. [Internet] ‘Kiss that ten good-by!’ I said.‘Ten Dollars – No Sense’|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 1: Well I’m kissin’ the old dump goodbye.Young Lonigan in|
|Thieves’ Market 197: Kiss the two hundred bucks we’re out on Tex goodbye.|
|Back Alley Jungle (1963) 67: I’d sweated in the Tampico oilfields [...] socking it away a little at a time, letting it pile up for the day I could kiss Mexico goodbye.‘Carrera’s Women’ in Margulies|
|Big Gold Dream 139: I figgered she was giving him the money to keep, so I kissed it goodby.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 116: Kiss the car goodbye.|
|Minder [TV script] 6: Kiss goodbye to kitchen misery, Bozz.‘Minder on the Orient Express’|
|Blood Posse 233: Any answer other than the one I want, then kiss the world goodbye.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 21: The tie and the wallet you can probably kiss good-bye.|
to smoke marijuana.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
(orig. W.I. Rasta) to make a hissing noise of disapproval, dislike, vexation or disappointment; also as n.
|Black Border 329: Suck me teet’, a contemptuous, gesture, frequently indulged in by the fair sex.|
|Ups and Downs of Newsy Wapps Bk 3 14: The Lopez group exchanged many cuteyes and suck-teeths with the Stephensons.|
|Catch a Fire 195: But Roslyn rudely kissed her teeth and broke the thoughtful stillness with a scoff.|
|Scholar 1: His cousin kissed his teeth.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 84: Finnley kissed his teeth and continued to build his spliff.|
|Mi Revalueshanary Fren 98: Kristeen kiss her teet / an shi cut me wid her yeye.‘Liesense fi Kill’|
|Killer Tune (2008) 58: She kissed her teeth at him. Stared Bernie down.|
|‘Text Me Back’ [lyrics] Man, I hate this phone / Kiss my teeth when I hear the ringtone.|
see smack (the) calfskin under smack v.
(US campus) goodbye.
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
|Sl. and Sociability 101: You’re so tan I hate you, bye pokes fun at sorority stereotypes and kiss, kiss at the superficial social custom of kissing good-bye.|