noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object)

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))

bus, buss.
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buss (bʌs)
n, —vb
an archaic or dialect word for kiss
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss]

Buss (bʌs)
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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"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gael. bus "kiss, lip," Fr. baiser "kiss" (12c., from L. basiare), Sp. buz, Ger. dial. Buss.
Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.

[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]
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