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pucker

[puhk-er] /ˈpʌk ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict:
Worry puckered his brow.
noun
2.
a wrinkle; an irregular fold.
3.
a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn.
4.
Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; apparently a frequentative form connected with poke2; see -er6 and for the meaning cf. purse
Related forms
puckerer, noun
unpuckered, adjective
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Examples from the web for puckered
  • The ovaries are of a grayish-pink color, and present either a smooth or a puckered uneven surface.
  • It puckered and wrinkled a little and could therefore express annoyance or a suppressed impulse to laugh, possibly both together.
  • People who think they know from hearsay picture a bone-dry landscape puckered with sagebrush and tumbleweed.
  • The little weird creatures in the movie with the puckered heads certainly look as if they could use some hydration.
  • His eyelids, though, were dead as shoe leather and were sunken into puckered cups where his eyeballs had been.
  • The fingers were carefully rendered, the knuckles puckered, the nails clear but opaque.
  • His plaid shirt pulled and puckered across his shoulder blades with his motion.
  • Oxygen atoms are at the corners of puckered, six-membered rings.
  • Emerging leaves develop a puckered texture with reddish spots.
  • Often the younger leaves will appear curled or puckered.
British Dictionary definitions for puckered

pucker

/ˈpʌkə/
verb
1.
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
noun
2.
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 puckered

pucker

v.

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.

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for puckered

pucker

modifier

: 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

noun

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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