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

intransitive verb

: to become wrinkled or constricted

transitive verb

: to contract into folds or wrinkles


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: 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
Back in the ‘80s, portraits of young Moon captured her beauty in the most natural light: pillow-soft curls, full eyebrows, and puckered lips. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 The narrowing of the blood vessels causes the overall volume of skin to reduce, puckering the skin into these distinct wrinkle patterns. Guy German, Binghamton University, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 In the years after the disease was first discovered, scientists had no idea what was causing the beech tree leaves to develop dark green bands and then to curl and pucker. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2023 The damage consists of a slight marbling of red and green on the back of fresh new foliage, and sometimes there is a slight crinkling, curling or puckering in the new foliage. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2023 But the fit isn’t perfect, and some of those cage straps look puckered along the model’s curves. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 28 July 2023 The first selfie shows the couple casually showing off some subtle PDA, with Chopra resting her arm around Jonas’s shoulders and puckering her lips into a kissing face at him. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2023 The whistler may pucker the lips, finger whistle, or blow into a leaf or a simple wood flute. Julien Meyer, Scientific American, 22 Nov. 2016 Ariel is the one who leans in and puckers her lips, but Eric is too nervous. Barry Levitt, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2023
This baby steamer works quickly to smooth creases and eliminate puckers from fabrics, and the long power cord provides flexibility when outlets are scarce. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2023 Plus, its leather material makes for a supple, shiny surface that catches the light with every pleat and pucker. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 The fish, rubbed with turmeric and Aleppo pepper, arrives in a dark-green moat created from fish stock, garlic, cilantro and fenugreek leaves, along with tamarind for pucker. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 Grape juice gives a hint of sweet pucker, while mint and feta add fresh, savory flavor. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 July 2023 To instantly pump up the volume on their puckers, stars and celebrity makeup artists look to some of the best lip plumpers and pout-boosting lipsticks as a painless, needle-free alternative to lip filler. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 June 2023 The actor Jharrel Jerome shows us Cootie’s trepidation by always playing him small, tilting his head against his shoulder, collapsing his frame inward, his lips in an expectant pucker. Phillip MacIak, New York Times, 19 June 2023 These complications included infection, hematoma (the accumulation of fluid), and aesthetic issues, such as partial nipple graft loss and dog ears (where excess skin or fat puckers at the end of an incision). H Conley, STAT, 2 June 2023 Best Lipstick Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick $40 at Sephora$34 at Nordstrom$40 at Bloomingdale's Credit: sephora.com Not only is every one of the 36 shades flattering on all skin tones (yes, really), but this lipstick stays put for up to 10 hours while keeping your pucker moisturized. Women's Health, 9 May 2023 See More

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Word History



probably irregular from poke entry 1

First Known Use


1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pucker was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Pucker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pucker. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
puck·​er ˈpək-ər How to pronounce pucker (audio)
puckered; puckering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce pucker (audio)
: to contract into folds or wrinkles
pucker one's lips


2 of 2 noun
: a fold or wrinkle caused by puckering
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