Caress Ca*ress", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caressed} (k[.a]*r[e^]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Caressing}.] [F. caresser, fr. It. carezzare, fr. carezza caress. See {Caress}., n.] To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle. [1913 Webster]

The lady caresses the rough bloodhound. --Sir W. Scott.

Syn: To fondle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter.

Usage: {Caress}, {Fondle}. ``We caress by words or actions; we fondle by actions only.'' --Crabb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.