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 But from the viewpoint of her inner animal brain, who wants to pucker up to a mouth fringed by a thicket of hair that might contain tiny, squirmy, maggot-like creatures? Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bearded men are more attractive to women, study says, unless they're squeamish about hair-borne bugs," 14 Jan. 2020 Scallops seared in a wood fire and nestled with shaved celery and mouth-puckering kumquat? Washington Post, "Reveler’s Hour is the relaxed wine-and-pasta sibling we needed from the Tail Up Goat team," 10 Jan. 2020 The sleeves of his expensive bomber jacket puckered at the elbows. John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, "Mother Nut," 23 Dec. 2019 Blackberries, orange pith and rosemary flavors mix it up in the glass as puckering acidity is matched with solid tannic structure. oregonlive, "6 Oregon pinot noirs you can buy for $20 or less," 6 Feb. 2020 Mother and son puckered up for a selfie over what looks like school papers. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Hilary Duff struggles with son's math homework since 'real' school stopped in 3rd grade," 20 Oct. 2019 Just bump the sugar up a little to compensate for the fact that the juice is particularly mouth-puckering. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Turn back-of-the-package recipes into a memorable Thanksgiving meal with these simple upgrades," 14 Nov. 2019 His arms and chest bear puckered scars from when he was slashed with a broken bottle. Bob Ortega, CNN, "With asylum seekers blocked from reaching safe haven in US, volunteers take help south to them," 22 Oct. 2019 Alcopops of old were brash, offering puckering sweetness and vibrant hues that made them a clear indulgence. 1843, "The case against hard seltzer," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are friendly masks with big, toothy grins, or red lipstick puckers. Washington Post, "Masks are changing the way we look at each other, and ourselves," 19 May 2020 Once Remdesivir is incorporated into the RNA growing chain, the presence of this CN group causes the shape of the sugar to pucker, which, in turn, distorts the shape of the RNA strand such that only three more nucleotides can be added. Katherine Seley-radtke, The Conversation, "Remdesivir explained – what makes this drug work against viruses?," 6 May 2020 Spicy snacks, popular for years, are lately getting a new flavor twist: the spicy pucker. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Spicy Pucker Is a Real Flavor, and It’s Everywhere," 9 Mar. 2020 Turn 9 is a pucker-inducing, decreasing radius sweeper entered at 120 mph with a hard stab of the brakes at the end of the back straight. cleveland, "Mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray shines on and off track," 7 Mar. 2020 Co-founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee were inspired to create their dream lip product after years of personal struggles with parched puckers — a beauty dilemma that fans also lamented in the comments of Instagram posts. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Glow Recipe Just Launched A Lip Treatment — & It’s Not What We Expected," 28 Jan. 2020 Neither smack you with the pucker-punch acidity found in some kombuchas. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Kombucha meets booze in new spiked sipper by Flying Embers," 25 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of pucker was in 1598

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“Pucker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pucker. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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