pucker

verb
puck·​er | \ ˈpə-kər How to pronounce pucker (audio) \
puckered; puckering\ ˈpə-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce puckering (audio) \

Definition of pucker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become wrinkled or constricted

transitive verb

: to contract into folds or wrinkles

pucker

noun

Definition of pucker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold or wrinkle in a normally even surface

Examples of pucker in a Sentence

Verb

His skin puckered a little around the scar.

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Magazine Houston’s dense humidity also had to be tamed inside the building, as even a hint of dampness could pucker delicate paper. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 One of the best things about the preppy puckered fabric? Micaela English, Town & Country, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Seersucker," 7 June 2018 Though there's little clinical data supporting its long-term effectiveness, its anti-inflammatory activity can temporarily smooth puckering and puffiness. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Marcy stresses that this isn’t a typical gin intended to be smothered with tonic; the flavors are too delicate to survive mouth-puckering quinine neat. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Come to Kyoto for the Sake, Stay for the Gin," 17 Aug. 2018 The two had some fun off the red carpet with Josh, 50, and Streisand, 76, getting cozy in one shot by puckering up for a kiss on the lips. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "All in the Family! Barbra Streisand Puckers Up with Step-Son Josh Brolin at Sicario 2 Premiere," 27 June 2018 Consumers are puckering up for sour food and drinks of all sorts. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Pucker up: Sour Patch Kids Flavored Ice Pops are latest in sour foods onslaught," 11 Apr. 2018 Rootdown 2017 Sangiovese, Jane’s Vineyard (Mendocino; $34): Fresh meets savory in a Sangiovese packed with mouth-puckering cherry, black tea, and peppery spice. Maggie Hoffman, Sunset, "8 Chilled Red Wines Perfect for Summer Sipping," 22 Jan. 2018 But the fare at other gourmet Chinese spots like Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat or Won Fun have flavors that are searing, puckering, boldly assertive and balanced, and so much on offer at Intro was just rich, single-noted or unrefined. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Intro Dim Sum is mostly single-note," 12 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Raspberry Geyser sour is a refreshing pucker-up that glows like a pink rosé in the glass. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 Unfortunately, the warning was too little too late for Brown and Johnson, who stood shocked with major mouth puckers, eyes watering and faces red. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "The Extremely Sour Candy Hannah Brown Ate on The Bachelorette Is Available Online," 13 June 2019 As Nicole Kidman’s Celeste awakens, screaming, from her nightmare, cool gray eyes peer down at her through wire-rimmed glasses, radiating calm, concern and a hint of menace; the small mouth puckers determinedly. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 If, however, a lump hurts, makes your skin pucker, or won't go away, see your doctor. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "9 Weird Things About Your Boobs That Are Totally Average," 10 Oct. 2017 The missile, a Mark 1, Mod 1, has a manual inertial guidance system, a mobile launcher with a one-sling power velocity on takeoff, and considerable pucker power on impact. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Because flaky lips reflect less light, a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "How To Make Your Lips Look Bigger — Naturally," 6 Nov. 2018 Because flaky lips reflect less light, a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "How To Make Your Lips Look Bigger — Naturally," 6 Nov. 2018 Because flaky lips reflect less light, a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "How To Make Your Lips Look Bigger — Naturally," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pucker

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pucker

Verb

probably irregular from poke entry 1

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pucker

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pucker

: to pull the sides of (something, such as skin or cloth) together so that folds or wrinkles are formed

pucker

verb
puck·​er | \ ˈpə-kər How to pronounce pucker (audio) \
puckered; puckering

Kids Definition of pucker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to draw or cause to draw up into folds or wrinkles The lemon made me pucker my lips.

pucker

noun

Kids Definition of pucker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold or wrinkle in a normally even surface

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