Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To gather into small wrinkles or folds.
  • intransitive verb To become gathered, contracted, and wrinkled.
  • noun A wrinkle or wrinkled part, as in tightly stitched cloth.
  • noun A facial expression in which the lips are tightly pulled together and pushed outward.
  • noun A tart flavor that causes one's lips to pucker.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A drawing or gathering into folds or wrinkles; an irregular folding or wrinkling; a collection of irregularly converging ridges or wrinkles.
  • noun A state of flutter, agitation, or confusion.
  • To draw up or contract into irregular folds or wrinkles; specifically, in sewing, to gather: often followed by up: as, to pucker cloth in sewing.
  • To become irregularly ridged or wrinkled: as, his face puckered up into a smile; the mouth puckers on eating choke-cherries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A fold; a wrinkle; a collection of folds.
  • noun Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S. A state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation.
  • verb To gather into small folds or wrinkles; to contract into ridges and furrows; to corrugate; -- often with up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To pinch or wrinkle; to squeeze inwardly, to dimple or fold.
  • noun A fold or wrinkle.
  • noun A state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb draw together into folds or puckers
  • verb become wrinkled or drawn together
  • noun an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)
  • verb to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[ Probably frequentative of dialectal pock, bag, sack, variant of poke.]

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Probable alteration of (verb) poke

Examples

  • Its as close to the "pucker" factor as I hope to come.

    The Rules of Gunfighting

  • Its as close to the "pucker" factor as I hope to come.

    The Rules of Gunfighting

  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

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  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

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  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

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  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

    Macleans.ca

  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

    Macleans.ca

  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

    Macleans.ca

  • Canadian men confess to some "pucker," but all's well that ends well

    Macleans.ca

  • And that decision - whether to commit to a tricky section or "pucker" and dismount - may be the lasting legacy of the 2009 BC Bike Race's opening stage.

    VeloNews | The Journal of Competitive Cycling

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  • ...most difficult sound

    is 'oo' cos your lips

    will want to pucker

    and form a little

    round hole...

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 4, 2008