15 Types of Kisses and What They Actually Mean

Types of Kisses

Is there a better way to say “I love you” than a kiss? You’ll be hard put to find a more universal display of affection than locking lips, as it occurs in every civilization from the natives of the Amazon rainforest to the mainstream of Western culture. Kissing is an art form and each kiss expresses something a little different than the last. Let’s dissect 15 kiss types and their meanings to better practice this art form on our partners.

A Peck on the Cheek

Star Wars

A peck on the cheek is often a simple “hello.” In many European cultures, it’s nearly akin to a handshake. There’s no deeper meaning…unless both of you want there to be.

Forehead Kiss

Game of Thrones

You may want to express that you like someone but are simply too shy to make a more intimate move (ie, a liplock). Kissing someone on the forehead will show you care enough to want a physical connection with the person in question.

The “Muah!” Kiss

The Simpsons

“Muaaaahhhh!” Like a mating call, an air kiss is a demonstration of your affection for someone. You’re presenting your lips for that person and signaling you want a liplock. If they don’t smile at this display, they’re probably not on the same page.

A Kiss On The Hand

Frida Kahlo

“Aw, mademoiselle, how lovely to meet you!” This kiss happens more often at a guy’s initiative. A kiss on the hand demonstrates respect and admiration. Simply grasp the hand of the person you admire and kiss the top or the palm of it. Any woman will likely find this chivalrous and charming…that is, if she finds you chivalrous and charming.

Butterfly Kiss

A Kiss

At the beginning of a relationship, you may start off with flirty kisses. They are playful and light, like butterflies. When you kiss someone lightly on the lips but are close enough to flutter their eyelashes with yours, you’re engaging in a butterfly kiss. The butterfly kiss is not seriously intimate; it’s a way to say, “I like you.”

Single-lip Lock

Megan Fox kiss

Now, for some lip-locking action. The single-lip lock is where you really kiss. You suck on the bottom lip of your kissing partner between both of yours, indicating you’re ready for more intimacy.

Angel Kiss

nose kiss

Let’s get down to business. Angel kisses are more than a simple peck on the cheek or lips. They’re when you softly and gently kiss someone’s face in other areas, like their eyelids or their nose, suggesting you want more and more of them.

Earlobe Kiss

ear kiss

And so you’ll have more with the earlobe kiss. This romantic kiss takes place at the ear (obviously) and involves a lot of tongue and tugging action. The earlobe kiss increases passion, as the ear is one of those super sensitive erogenous zones.

Time-stopping Kiss

gone with the wind

Returning to the lips, your make-out session should now stop time. The time-stopping kiss is a lip-on-lip number that puts you in a zone of space where time no longer exists.

French Kiss

Black and white kiss

No list of kisses would be complete without the French kiss. Master Frenching and you’ll definitely please your kissing partner. This erotic kiss involves knowing how to use your tongue and turns the heat up on your relationship ten-fold.

Kiss of the Lizard

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Another intimate kiss with a lot of tongue action, the kiss of the lizard is when your tongue slides quickly in and out of your partner’s mouth. It’s like playing tongue hockey, and if your partner likes to play, they’ll love this kiss.

Open-mouth Bite


This is a French kiss with a little bite. You may open-mouth bite your partner’s lips, cheeks, chin, forehead, or other facial regions. And then move onto the next…


Kissing neck

Planting your lips on the neck of your partner is a whole other level of intimacy. Kissing, licking, and sucking this erogenous zone adds more and more eroticism to the mix.

The Tease


When you’re both ready to move your repertoire forward, the tease is one way to go. The tease involves kissing from the top of your partner’s forehead down to their lips, chin, neck, chest…and further. The tease signals you’re way more than friends now.

Secret Signal Kiss

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Lastly, one of the best kisses between partners is the secret message kiss. This is an agreed upon signal between you and your loved one, informing them that you’re ready if they are!

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