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[ puhk-er ]
/ ˈpʌk ər /

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.


crinkle, ruck, crease, fold, plait, crumple, furrow, ruckle, tighten, squeeze, ruffle, purse, gather, compress, condense, contract, cockle, knit

Nearby words

puck, puck control, puck hog, puck-carrier, pucka, pucker, puckerood, puckery, puckish, puckishly, puckout

Origin of pucker

1590–1600; apparently a frequentative form connected with poke2; see -er6 and for the meaning cf. purse
Related formspuck·er·er, nounun·puck·ered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for puckered


/ (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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