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buss

[buhs] /bʌs/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
kiss.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; perhaps blend of obsolete bass kiss and obsolete cuss kiss (cognate with German Kuss; replacing Middle English, Old English coss (cognate with Old Norse koss))
Can be confused
bus, buss.
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British Dictionary definitions for buss

buss

/bʌs/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic or dialect word for kiss
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss

Buss

/bʌs/
noun
1.
Frances Mary. 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university
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Word Origin and History for buss
n.

"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gaelic bus "kiss, lip," French baiser "kiss" (12c., from Latin basiare), Spanish buz, German dialectal Buss.

v.

1570s, from buss (n.). Related: Bussed; bussing.

Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.
[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]

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Slang definitions & phrases for buss

buss

verb

To talk about; gossip over: Quit bussin' about my shoes

[1980s+ Teenagers; perhaps a survival of British dialect buss, ''mutter, murmur busily, buzz,'' attested from the 1500s]


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