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Definitions for pucker
ˈpʌk ərpuck·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pucker, ruckverb

    an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)

  2. pucker, rumple, cockle, crumple, knitverb

    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

    "She puckered her lips"

  3. gather, pucker, tuckverb

    draw together into folds or puckers

  4. pucker, ruck, ruck upverb

    become wrinkled or drawn together

    "her lips puckered"


  1. puckernoun

    A fold or wrinkle.

    1921 The mouth was compressed, and on either side of it two tiny wrinkles had formed themselves in her cheeks. An infinity of slightly malicious amusement lurked in those little folds, in the puckers about the half-closed eyes, in the eyes themselves, bright and laughing between the narrowed lids. Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, Chapter 3.

  2. puckernoun

    A state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation.

    1874 "What a pucker everything is in!" said Bathsheba, discontentedly when the child had gone. "Get away, Maryann, or go on with your scrubbing, or do something! You ought to be married by this time, and not here troubling me!" Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd.

  3. puckerverb

    To pinch or wrinkle; to squeeze inwardly, to dimple or fold.

  4. Etymology: Probable alteration of (verb) poke

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Puckerverb

    To gather into corrugations; to contract into folds or plications.

    Etymology: from puck the fairy; as elflocks, from elves; or from powk, a pocket or hollow.

    I saw an hideous spectre; his eyes were sunk into his head, his face pale and withered, and his skin puckered up in wrinkles. Spectator, №. 192.

    A ligature above the part wounded is pernicious, as it puckers up the intestines, and disorders its situation. Samuel Sharp.


  1. Pucker

    Pucker is a line of fruit-flavored liqueurs made by the DeKuyper company. By volume it is 15% alcohol (30 proof) and is often used in mixed drinks.


  1. pucker

    Pucker is both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to tightly gather or contract into folds or wrinkles, often as a result of strain or a strong underlying tension. This is frequently in reference to elements of the body, such as the lips or the skin. As a noun, a pucker is the resulting wrinkle, bulge, or protuberance caused by puckering. The term is also often used in sewing to refer to an intentional gathering of fabric for decorative effect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pucker

    to gather into small folds or wrinkles; to contract into ridges and furrows; to corrugate; -- often with up; as, to pucker up the mouth

  2. Puckernoun

    a fold; a wrinkle; a collection of folds

  3. Puckernoun

    a state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation

  4. Etymology: [From Poke a pocket, small bag.]


  1. Pucker

    Pucker is a line of fruit-flavored imitation liqueurs made by the DeKuyper company. By volume it is 15% alcohol and is often used in mixed drinks such as martinis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pucker

    puk′ėr, v.t. to gather into folds: to wrinkle.—n. a fold or wrinkle: a number of folds or wrinkles, esp. irregular ones: (coll.) agitation, confusion.—adj. Puck′ery, astringent: tending to wrinkle. [Cf. Poke, a bag, and Pock.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pucker

    A wrinkled seam in sail-making. Also, anything in a state of confusion.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pucker is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pucker surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pucker.

    87.8% or 94 total occurrences were White.
    9.3% or 10 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pucker in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pucker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • تجعدArabic
  • arruga, arrugarSpanish
  • törröttää, mutristaa, ryppy, kurtistaa, rypistää, kurttuFinnish
  • faux pliFrench
  • तहHindi
  • կնճիռArmenian
  • наморщить, складка, морщить, растерянность, морщинаRussian
  • морщитисяUkrainian

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