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Another word for caress

  1. To touch or stroke affectionately

      1. (Informal) To kiss, embrace, fondle, etc., passionately in mutual sexual stimulation
      2. To stroke or pat (now, esp., an animal) affectionately
      3. To be in a pet; sulk
      1. To run or walk with a tapping sound.
      2. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.
      3. To flatten, shape, apply, etc. by patting
      1. To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
      2. To stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
      3. To touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
      1. To hold lovingly and gently in one's arms; embrace and fondle
      2. To nestle; snuggle:
      3. To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
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Another word for caress

      1. The nature of a thing as perceived through touch
      2. The sense of touch
      3. Intuitive awareness or natural ability:
      1. A sensation caused by touching, esp. one that is characteristic of a particular substance or texture; tactile quality; feel
      2. A characteristic way of doing things:
      3. A sensation experienced in touching something with a characteristic texture:
      1. The sound so produced.
      2. The sound of striking, as of a clock
      3. A single effort to do, produce, or accomplish something, esp. a successful effort
      1. Eager acceptance:
      2. An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
      3. Hug (noun); putting arms around someone.

Synonym Study

  • Dandle implies the showing of playful affection toward a child by moving him or her up and down lightly on the knee
  • Cuddle implies affectionate handling, as of a small child by its mother, by pressing or drawing close within the arms
  • Pet , as applied generally, implies treatment with special affection and indulgence, including gentle patting and stroking, but informally it refers to indulgence, esp. by young couples, in hugging, kissing, and amorous caresses
  • Fondle implies a more demonstrative show of love or affection, as by stroking or hugging, or may connote touching or stroking in making sexual advances
  • Caress refers to a display of affection by gentle stroking or touching