A cute synonym for (full-contact) kissing*, useful if you want to talk about kissing directly, if conversing with your S.O. in the company of friends or as a plausible excuse for phoning in sick when really you want to phone in well - "...won't be coming in today he's stained his osculatory muscles and can't get to the phone right now".

Also used in the song (as as the title for the album containing the same) - 'Osculate Me Baby' by blues/jazz singer Etta James.

nice work if you can get it

*Strictly speaking it implies full use of the lips though not necessarily tongues - not the kind of thing you would do with your mother anyway.

Os"cu*late (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Osculated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Osculating.] [L. osculatus, p. p. of osculari to kiss, fr. osculum a little mouth, a kiss, dim. of os mouth. See Oral, and cf. Oscillate.]

1.

To kiss.

2. Geom.

To touch closely, so as to have a common curvature at the point of contact. See Osculation, 2.

 

© Webster 1913.


Os"cu*late, v. i.

1.

To kiss one another; to kiss.

2. Geom.

To touch closely. See Osculation, 2.

3. Biol.

To have characters in common with two genera or families, so as to form a connecting link between them; to interosculate. See Osculant.

 

© Webster 1913.

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