Had one reached out and caressed the other, would that have been an assault?
“If you wanted to make it with somebody, you reached over and caressed their leg,” said Levenson.
He climbed down from the chair and squatting on the floor, took the creature into his arms and caressed her.
There was a way that it caressed her body and the pleats hung just so, brushing the tops of her feet like a soft whisper.
Those who were saluted her with admiring looks and generally treated her as a heroine, which caressed her vanity most pleasantly.
He drank; and again as they were near together he caressed her.
Much alarmed, Violet caressed her, and tried to soothe her with gentle words, and at last they unlocked her lips.
He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.
Her hand, small and childlike, though less round and soft than it had been two years ago, caressed my cheek when I bent over her.
Now, suddenly, he caressed it, he resolved to act on its prompting.
1640s, "show of endearment, display of regard," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or else from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore (n.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.