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



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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another fan snapped a pic of Shawn and Camila puckering up for a kiss. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Saw Blink-182 and Had Some PDA in Florida," 29 July 2019 In carcasses of foie gras ducks hanging in the slaughterhouse, the swollen livers puffed out of the puckered, plucked torsos. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out," 22 Aug. 2019 Trump’s face as a piece of toast – to crude (one depicts the president puckering up next to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s bare behind). Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey says Mitch McConnell is worse than Osama bin Laden in new cartoon," 27 Oct. 2018 This was no little living doll, an item molded for our amusement, who smiled and puckered with a twist of her arm. Michael Grant, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: A lesson in loving and letting go from Michael Grant," 4 Aug. 2019 Desperate to learn how to pucker up, Max recruits his friends to spy on a teenage couple making out next door via his dad's off-limits drone. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Review: Smells like 'tween' spirit in 'Good Boys'," 15 Aug. 2019 Desperate to learn how to pucker up, Max recruits his friends to spy on a teenage couple making out next door via his dad’s off-limits drone. Garrett Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, "The kids are all right in raunchy ‘Good Boys’," 31 July 2019 Perfectly distilled water is about 7 on the pH scale; lemon juice and vinegar measure a mouth-puckering 2 to 3). Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Ocean acidification, explained," 7 Aug. 2019 So, pucker up and save up, and celebrate National Lipstick Day the right way by enjoying this annual deal. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "National Lipstick Day 2019: How to Get Tatcha Lipsticks With Your Purchase," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chris Morocco’s new recipe is, of course, flawless: velvety, pucker-inducing lemon filling, gooey billows of sweet meringue, and a golden-brown blind-baked pie crust. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Lemon Meringue Pie Is the Only Thing on the Thanksgiving Table I Care About," 5 Nov. 2019 For those who want to get into the aloha spirit but can’t spring for a quick trip to Oahu, the mai tai uses Cruzan rum and is loaded with fruity hints and a nice pucker that balances sweet with the sour. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "On the Rocks ready-made cocktails surprisingly tasty," 9 Oct. 2019 While tiny and seemingly unripe, a greengage is preternaturally sweet, juicy and deeply flavorful but possessing far less tartness and tannic pucker than other, more popular plum varieties. Los Angeles Times, "The Holy Grail of stone fruit is in season. Get it while (and if) you can," 12 Aug. 2019 Figs lend themselves to achieving the sauce’s yin-yang blast in a healthier way, because their inherent sweetness means little added sugar is needed to balance its vinegary pucker. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A salad with figs, prosciutto and a sweet-sour dressing hits all the right notes," 4 Sep. 2018 Get all the way in on the pucker-worthy fun by wearing yellow, too. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Impossible Science Festival, SummerFest, ‘Forging Territories’," 2 Aug. 2019 Centered between the virginal chalice on the one hand and the voluptuous citrons on the other, the dark, bottomless, pucker invites what is sometimes known as the male gaze. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of pucker


1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pucker


probably irregular from poke entry 1

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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


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.



Kids Definition of pucker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold or wrinkle in a normally even surface

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