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[puhk-er] /ˈpʌk ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict:
Worry puckered his brow.
a wrinkle; an irregular fold.
a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn.
Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation.
Origin of pucker
1590-1600; apparently a frequentative form connected with poke2; see -er6 and for the meaning cf. purse
Related forms
puckerer, noun
unpuckered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pucker
  • And a few of us would pucker at levels of tannins that went unnoticed by others.
  • It's the kind of dessert that's so sweet it makes your lips pucker.
  • With a rubbing motion, thrill the skins of the tomatoes until they start to pucker and tumesce.
  • It's balanced when it starts off tart and sweet and then rounds out gracefully, from a pucker to a smile.
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  • The pucker of a good lemonade is as much a reality check as it is an antidote to summer heat.
  • Consistent holes are important so seams don't pucker.
British Dictionary definitions for pucker


to gather or contract (a soft surface such as the skin of the face) into wrinkles or folds, or (of such a surface) to be so gathered or contracted
a wrinkle, crease, or irregular fold
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to poke², from the creasing into baglike wrinkles
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Word Origin and History for pucker

1590s, "prob. earlier in colloquial use" [OED], possibly a frequentative form of pock, dialectal variant of poke "bag, sack" (see poke (n.1)), which would give it the same notion as in purse (v.). "Verbs of this type often shorten or obscure the original vowel; compare clutter, flutter, putter, etc." [Barnhart]. Related: Puckered; puckering.


1726, literal; 1741, figurative; from pucker (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pucker



: The U.S. ships were taking no chances: as Capt. Mathis told his crew members, one mine is enough to keep the pucker factor up


Fear; state of fright: Don't get into such a pucker (1741+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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