Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
    soft music was a fond caress
    the caresses of the breeze played over his face
  2. (verb, contact) touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
    They fondled in the back seat of the taxi

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Synonyms of Caress


Alternate forms of Caress

Derivations: caress

Hyponyms: chuck, dandle, grope, nose, nuzzle, pat, paw, pet, tickle

Hypernyms: stroke, stroking

Origin of the word Caress

  1. 1651, from Fr. caresser, from It. carezzare "endearment," ult. from L. carita, from carus "dear" (see whore). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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