Christine is very flirtatious, giggling, caressing, and locking eyes with her ambitious underling.
She drew nearer to me, and in a caressing child-like way, lifted up her mouth to be kissed, as she said: 'Welcome to Fairview.'
She beamed at my appearance, and her every word was caressing and deferential.
It flung a soft, caressing radiance on its shabby home, and on its mistress, and on the other girls and boys.
It seemed so soft, so caressing, so far away, and yet so near.
Then after a moment she put out her hand with a caressing little gesture.
She might have counted a dozen, when she bent and put her lips to the caressing hand.
One might have felt the brilliancy of his eyes as hard had not their blue been so caressing.
Serge's caressing words enraptured her: 'Do you really, really love me?'
I have not even the joy of caressing a child that would have consoled me.
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.