It was a little old woman, her face all wrinkled and puckered.
These puckered people are the living, moving chambers of sleeping souls.
His lips were puckered up suavely, and his little trimmed moustaches looked as though they had been fixed on with glue.
His sunburned, good-humored face was wrinkled and puckered with amazement.
His face was brown and leathery, too, and it was puckered and sour.
Jed's lips twitched for an instant, then he puckered them and began to whistle.
It was very peaceful; but Mrs. Butterfield's face was puckered with anxiety.
His forehead was all puckered, and his red mouth set in a pout.
Yet there was a sort of weary peace in the face, and there was still humour in the puckered mouth and even in the sad eyes.
He puckered his face and shook his head and expressed his fears and his doubts.
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.).
: 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+)