He still tried to think what was the right answer. Was it right to kiss his mother or wrong to kiss his mother? What did that mean, to kiss? To put your face up like that to say goodnight and then his mother put her face down. That was to kiss. His mother put her lips on his cheek; her lips were soft and they wetted his cheek; and they made a tiny little noise: kiss. Why did people do that with their two faces? (14-15)
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
n., a caress or touch with the lips.
[Middle English kissen, from Old English cyssan.]
n., the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated.
[Late Latin, from Greek ονοματοποιια, from ονοματοποιος, coiner of names]
Pompeo Batoni, Sacra Famigla (1760)