[ puhk-er ]
/ ˈpʌk ər /
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verb (used with or 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.
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Origin of pucker
OTHER WORDS FROM puckerpuck·er·er, nounun·puck·ered, adjective
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How to use pucker in a sentence
I’d pucker and then blot, and remember myself for a single moment.How pregnancy bed rest helped prepare me for life in a pandemic|Aileen Weintraub|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
“People are very puckered up about it,” said one such operative.Exclusive: California Grand Jury Probing Shadowy Money Groups|Peter H. Stone|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The little mouth puckered at the corners and moisture gathered in the blue eyes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
"I certainly would like to find out more about that man," said Mollie, her forehead puckered into a puzzled frown.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
"Yes, I know," rejoined Genevieve, her lips puckered into a curious little smile.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
Puckered with chills and goose-flesh, the fireside people huddled and sneezed around their respective hearths.Molly Make-Believe|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Its muscles were strangely contracted, the fingers thin to emaciation, the back of the hand closely puckered up.
British Dictionary definitions for pucker
/ (ˈpʌkə) /
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 for pucker
C16: perhaps related to poke ², from the creasing into baglike wrinkles
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