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52 Different Types of Kisses and What They Mean

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I like helping people understand the different types of kisses out there and what your partner is trying to tell you.

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New and Different Ways to Kiss

Kissing is fun, whether you are on a first date or with someone you have been with a long time. Pulling in close, lightly rubbing noses, brushing your lips against theirs—all of these moves can be exciting and intimate.

Relax and enjoy the moment. There are so many ways to kiss. The fun is discovering them with someone you like. Here are a few types of kisses, what they mean, and some advice about how to make them sexy and fun (and not the least bit awkward) for you and your partner.

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Cute First Kisses

Type of KissRomantic Meaning

Cheek Kiss

I want to get to know you better.

Forehead Kiss

I care about you.

Hand Kiss

You are lovely.

Eskimo Kiss

You make me smile.

The Peck

I like you.

Nose Kiss

You’re cute.

Butterfly Kiss

You're sweet.

Steamy, Sexy Kisses

Type of KissRomantic Meaning

Back and Back-of-the-Neck Kisses

Let’s explore this further.

Single-Lip Kiss

You're hot.

Hot and Cold Kiss

I’m slowing down but I’m about to speed it up.

Lower Lip-Sucking Kiss

I can’t get enough of you.

Licking Kiss

I want you.

Tongue Sucking Kiss

Let's take this further.

Lizard Kiss

I'm comfortable with you.

Nibble Kiss

You're delicious.

French Roll Kiss

What are you doing in 10 minutes?

Buzz Kiss

I want you to feel good.

Finger Kiss

Each part of you is better than the last.

French Kiss

I feel good with you.

Keep-Away Kiss

I like to play with you.

Hickey Kiss

You're mine.

Vacuum Kiss

You make me feel good.

Ear Kiss

You turn me on.

Fun Kisses Everywhere but the Lips

Type of KissRomantic Meaning

Eye Kiss

I feel close to you.

Wrist Kiss

Each part of you is awesome.

Jaw Kiss

I like your face.

Foot Kiss

You have sweet feet.

Back of the Knee Kiss

I want to make you feel good.

Trace-a-Shape Kiss

I have fun with you.

Collarbone Kiss

Your body is amazing.

Bellybutton Kiss

You're fun to be with.

Palm of the Hand Kiss

I trust you.

Elbow Kiss

Your arms are sexy.

Shoulder Kiss

I like being near you.

Shoulder Blade Kiss

I like to spend time with you.

Flirty Kisses for Having Fun

Type of KissRomantic Meaning

Fruity Kiss

You’re fun.

Sip Kiss

I like being around you.

Gum Kiss

I can be silly with you.

Sweet Kiss

I feel adventurous with you.

Sprinkle Kiss

You make me feel creative.

Lipstick Kiss

I want to make you mine.

Melt Kiss

You are delightful

Creative Kisses to Try With Your Honey

Type of KissRomantic Meaning

Spiderman Kiss

Let’s try something new.

Superman Kiss

I’ll hold you up.

Adventure Kiss

You fill me with joy.

Stoplight Kiss

You make ordinary days extraordinary.

Twister Kiss

I love having fun with you.

The Smooch

You make me feel goofy

The Muah Kiss

I want to be close to you.

Text Kiss

I’m thinking of you.

Mail Kiss

I like thinking about you.

Read on for more details about each kiss!

1. Cheek Kiss

Kissing someone on the cheek might seem way to platonic for what you have in mind. Does it remind you of kissing a friend hello or giving grandma a goodnight kiss? Erase those associations from your mind.

Keep your lips soft and slightly parted. Brush them against your partner's cheek, as if you're searching for the perfect place to kiss. Then gently suck their cheek—gently! A light sucking and a brush with your lips is just right.

2. Ear Kiss

If you don't think of the ear as an erogenous zone, you (and your partner) are in for a nice surprise. Ears are highly sensitive to the touch of lips, tongue, and breath. Softly and lightly are the words to keep in mind.

Run your tongue along the shell-like outside of your partner's ear and nibble on their earlobe. Normally, teeth don't play a very big role in kissing, but just the lightest little nibbles can feel delightful. It's also nice to cover your teeth with your lips and nibble their soft earlobe that way.

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Not sure what to do with your hands? Don't be afraid to reach up and caress the back of your partner's head. Run your finger through their hair and down their back. Move slow and have fun.

3. Eye Kiss

Brush your lips against their closed eyes and kiss lightly. Move around and kiss their eyebrows and at the corners of their eyes. This is an especially sweet way to kiss someone you really like.

4. Forehead Kiss

This is a sweet, protective kiss to share between people who really care about each other. Plant your lips on their forehead and show them your affection.

5. Hand Kiss

Kissing on the back of the hand or the palm is sweet and sensitive. Though it's not necessarily sexual, it can be, but it always shows that you care and want to be close to them.

6. Wrist Kiss

Slightly-vampire like but always nice, kissing on the wrist is delightful and surprising. You can choose to stay kissing on the wrist, or move up towards the arm and shoulder, or down towards the fingers. Your partner will enjoy it either way.

7. Jaw Kiss

Kiss your partner along their jawline, from ear to ear. You could even choose to nibble one earlobe and then kiss along the jaw until you find their other one.

8. Nose Kiss

Give your partner a gentle peck on the tip of their nose in an adorable kiss meant for someone you really like. It's whimsical and cute and will certainly get you both smiling.

9. Back or Back-of-the-Neck Kisses

The back of the neck and the back can be fun places to kiss your partner — see where your creativity leads you. Maybe you trace a line down the back to . . . . who knows where?

10. Finger Kiss

It's nice to have your fingers licked and kissed. Try this on your partner, running your tongue along the pads of their fingertips and even sucking their fingers into your mouth gently.

French Kiss

French Kiss

11. French Kiss

Lips are lovely, but eventually the tongue wants to get in on the action. One of the most popular kisses around, the French kiss comes naturally when you like someone. Start slow. Nobody wants a tongue thrust into their mouth without some warming up.

Explore their tongue with yours. Keep your tongue soft and try not to let too much saliva build up (you can always close your lips for a moment and swallow if you need to, and then go back to French kissing).

12. Keep-Away Kiss

Drive your partner crazy (in a good way). When they lean in to kiss you, pull away. Lean in and, instead of planting a kiss on they lips, nibble away at the skin around their mouth, both upper and lower lips. Then, finally, part your lips and lock with theirs.

13. Single-Lip Kiss

Part your lips slightly and go for either the lower or upper lip of your partner, even gently sucking on it or nibbling. This is a gentle, sexy kiss that is good to use to mix up French kissing.

14. Melt Kiss

This kiss is fun if you have a drink nearby. Put an ice cube in your mouth and hold it on the tip of your tongue. Give your partner a French kiss and pass the ice cube into their mouth with your tongue. See how long you can keep it from melting.

15. Hot and Cold Kiss

Lick your partner's lips. Now gently blow. A sensual explosion!

Lower Lip Sucking Kiss

Lower Lip Sucking Kiss

16. Lower-Lip-Sucking Kiss

Kiss and gently suck your partner's lower lip. Run your tongue along their lip as you hold it in your mouth.

17. Licking Kiss

Lean in to kiss your partner, but instead run your tongue along both of their lips. Now kiss them.

18. Tongue-Sucking Kiss

Like a French kiss, but delightfully different. When your mouth is open and against theirs, softly suck your partner's tongue. Not too much—just lightly.

19. Butterfly Kiss

Let your eyelashes have some fun, too. When you are very close, lean in and bring your face up near to theirs. Open and close your eyes against their cheeks, nose, and lips.

20. Eskimo Kiss

Rub your nose lightly against theirs, up and down and side to side.

21. Hickey Kiss

Gently suck your partner's neck to leave them something to remember you by.

22. Spiderman Kiss

Try the iconic kiss from the movie Spiderman, kissing while one person's face is upside down. You could try this while laying in bed or over the edge of your bed if it's too hard to hang off the side of a building.

Fruity Kiss

Fruity Kiss

23. Fruity Kiss

This kiss is like the Melt Kiss, but sweeter. Put a berry or piece of fruit in your mouth. Lean in for a French kiss. Once your lips are touching, pass the fruit into your partner's mouth. Use your tongue to hold it still so you can both nibble the fruit. Let the juice run into your mouth.

Vacuum Kiss

Vacuum Kiss

24. Vacuum Kiss

While kissing with open mouths, suck in your partner's breath. The slower the better.

25. Sip Kiss

Take a little sip of your favorite drink and leave some on your lips. Kiss your partner. What a nice way to share your drink!

26. Foot Kiss

Now that you're so experienced and getting to know your partner better, try gently sucking your partners toes. Nothing could be more ticklish and exciting. Softly kiss their foot, brushing your lips against the sole and toes.

27. Lizard Kiss

Try touching just the tips of your tongues for an interesting and fun sensation. This is a playful kiss that is best to do with someone that you feel very comfortable with.

Nibble Kiss

Nibble Kiss

28. Nibble Kiss

Make almost any kiss more fun by adding a little nibble to it, gently grabbing your partner's earlobe, lip, or wherever you happen to be kissing with your teeth. Apply a little pressure, and then let go. Remember to be very gentle and make sure this is something that either doesn't cause your partner pain or that it is a kind of pain that they enjoy.

29. Back-of-the-Knee Kiss

The backs of the knees are very sensitive. Try kissing your sweetie here gently. You could even work your way up all the way up from the feet and toes if you really want to spoil them!

30. Trace-a-Shape Kiss

Choose a part of your lover's body that you really love, like their back or chest. Have them lie still while you kiss in the shape of the letters of their name or another shape (like a sailboat), or as you kiss the contours of their body as if you were drawing an outline of it for a coloring book.

31. Collarbone Kiss

The collarbone is a very sexy part of the body. Kiss your partner along theirs gently, quickly, or with the tongue. You can go from there down the stomach or back up to the shoulders and face.

32. Bellybutton Kiss (Two Versions)

The bellybutton isn't that sensitive of an area, but the stomach itself is usually a nice, soft place to kiss. Plant one right on the button for a sweetie that you like to get playful with. For another version of this, you can lift up your shirts and make your bellybuttons kiss while you're kissing. This is fun for the imaginative couple.

33. Palm of the Hand Kiss

Most people give all the love to the back of the hand or the fingers, but the palm is a nice place to kiss too. Kiss your lover right in the middle and tell their fortune.

34. Elbow Kiss

Why stop at the hand and wrist? Continue that kiss all the way to the elbow. Then, if you get inspired, kiss every joint on your lover's body!

35. Shoulder Kiss

The shoulders can be a natural place to kiss—you can reach them by tracing a line from the ear or the elbow, or go straight for the shoulder, make your way across your lover's chest, and then head for the lips.

36. Gum Kiss

There are two versions of this flirty kiss. Blow a bubble, and have your partner try to bite it from the other side and then take the gum from you. Or, pass a piece of gum from person to person in a fun, sexy game.

37. The Peck

A peck on the lip is perfect for the couple that's greeting each other in the morning, after not seeing each other for a while, or when one is on the way out the door. It can also be appropriate for first kisses between new couples if one party is unsure of how the other feels.

38. The Smooch

Pucker your lips and make as much noise as you can before going in and laying it on your sweetie!

39. The Muah Kiss

This is a spoken kiss. Just say "Muah!" You can tell your sweetie muah over the phone, from different buildings, across the street, or as a fun kiss when it's just you two.

40. Text Kiss

When you aren't with your honey, or even when you are, it can be fun to send them a sweet virtual kiss in a text message. Say something like "Wish we were kissing right now . . ." or "This text message can be redeemed for a kiss when I see you later."

41. Shoulder Blade Kiss

The shoulder blade is a very sexy part of the body. While you're kissing the back of the neck, consider venturing down to this area, which is also sometimes called the Angel Wing.

42. Superman Kiss

This one is for the athletic, adventurous couple. Go in for a kiss from the pose of the couple in the picture. Alternatively, have someone lay on the ground and put their feet in the air. The other partner hops up and "flies" by balancing on the feet of their partner holding them up—many people used to do this as kids. Then, go in for a sweet kiss.

43. Adventure Kiss

Try to kiss your sweetie from inside a moving vehicle!

44. Stoplight Kiss

When you're driving with your darling, and you're in the passenger's seat, kiss them on the cheek at every green light, on the mouth at every red light, and on the hand for every yellow light.

45. Twister Kiss

When you're cuddling with your honey in bed, try to get into a shape that you've never been in before, and then kiss whatever is in front of you.

46. Sweet Kiss

Candy, chocolate, whipped cream, and peanut butter can all be fun and tasty things to share in a kiss with your sugar pie. Have fun experimenting with eating the same piece of candy, or putting a little whipped cream on your lips for them to lick off.

Sprinkle Kiss

Sprinkle Kiss

47. Sprinkle Kiss

Wet your lips with some syrup, yummy lip gloss, or other tasty treat, and then press them into sprinkles to give your mouth a whole new (and delicious) look. This is especially fun if you are baking together—it'll feel like spontaneous sprinkle fun!

48. Lipstick Kiss

Put on your favorite shade of lipstick and kiss your sweetheart on the cheek to leave an impression, or on the lips and see if you can get their lips as red as yours.

49. Buzz Kiss

Ready to have some fun? When you're kissing your squeeze, buzz your lips, growl, or clench your teeth and send vibrations through your lips that will provide an interesting, new sensation for your partner.

50. Mail Kiss

Getting paper mail is still really nice. Plus, it gives your sweetie something to hang up on their wall, or to touch and remember you by if you're not there with them. Put on some lipstick and press it onto a piece of paper with a sweet note. They're going to love it.

51. French Roll Kiss

This is like a French kiss, but with a twist. Gently roll your tongue inside your partner's mouth, or make a gentle sweeping motion, in, across, and then out again. Experiment with different techniques that work for you.

52. Ghost Kiss (the Teaser)

Go in for a kiss, but instead of landing it, gently sweep your lips up and over your partner's face, brushing their skin ever so slightly. Then, when they come back for another, do it again. Finally, plant one on them when you're ready.

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Kissing Advice

If you are just getting to know someone and want to kiss them, one of the hardest (and most exciting) moments is not knowing whether they want to kiss you, too. You like them and want to hold them close, but they haven't given you that "look" yet.

It can take a while, especially if it's your first time. Relax. Check in with yourself to see whether you're letting them know how you feel. What are some of the ways to signal that you want to be kissed?

  • Your body language is open. This means no arms folded across your chest and looking down at the floor. Turn towards this cute guy or girl you want to kiss. Smile. Listen and make eye contact.
  • Make your lips kissable. If your lips feel dry or chapped, now's the time to get out the lip balm. Make your lips as soft and kissable as possible.
  • Look at their lips. When someone wants to kiss and be kissed, they unconsciously look at the other person's lips. Don't be shy about doing it on purpose!
  • Break the touch barrier. If you're walking, move in closer so your arms are touching. If you are sitting next to one another, let your thighs touch. Touch their hand with yours.

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