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

  • transitive v. To gather into small wrinkles or folds: puckered my lips; puckered the curtains.
  • intransitive v. To become gathered, contracted, and wrinkled.
  • n. A wrinkle or wrinkled part, as in tightly stitched cloth.
  • n. A facial expression in which the lips are tightly pulled together and pushed outward.
  • n. A tart flavor that causes one's lips to pucker: the pucker of lemon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fold; a wrinkle; a collection of folds.
  • n. A state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation.
  • v. To gather into small folds or wrinkles; to contract into ridges and furrows; to corrugate; -- often with up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A drawing or gathering into folds or wrinkles; an irregular folding or wrinkling; a collection of irregularly converging ridges or wrinkles.
  • n. A state of flutter, agitation, or confusion.

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

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


Probably frequentative of dialectal pock, bag, sack, variant of poke3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probable alteration of (verb) poke (Wiktionary)



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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