One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘I reckon something is puckeroo here.’
- ‘‘Im puckeroo!’ people used to say around me in the past, meaning they were worn out or not quite well, but I have not heard the word for years.’
with object, often as adjective Ruin or break.‘he had a compass but it was puckerooed’
- ‘Accept that your position is puckerooed!’
- ‘And he looked at it and said ‘puckerooed, eh?’ and laughed.’
Late 19th century (as a verb): from Maori pakaru ‘broken’.
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