to deal with with tokens of fondness affection or kindness to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner to fondle
- An act of endearment any work or expression of affection an embracing or touching with pain
- touch or swing softly in a loving or endearing manner
- a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
- An act of endearment; any work or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
- to take care of with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.
Name Origin: French
Name Gender: Female
1640s, "show of endearment, display of respect," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or otherwise from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, expensive, beloved" (see whore (letter.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.
- 1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (letter.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.
His hands slid up her back in a slow caress that made her heart beat wildly.