Definition of pucker in US English:

pucker

verb

  • (especially with reference to a person's face) tightly gather or contract into wrinkles or small folds.

    with object ‘the baby stirred, puckering up its tiny face’
    no object ‘her brows puckered in a frown’
    • ‘Smokers often end up with telltale lines around their lips (created by repeated lip puckering while inhaling), but the damage doesn't stop there.’
    • ‘Her lips puckered for a moment before breaking into a sneer.’
    • ‘Ryan found himself smiling as he just watched her inhale and then exhale her dark red lips puckering and then opening wide.’
    • ‘And then, one night, as I put my four year old to bed, I sat next to her and watched the slowing calm of her familiar breathing, her rounded cheeks and lips puckering in and out, as she lay in a cocooned slumber that only a child can know.’
    • ‘Use of thicker sheets in fully adhered membranes helps resist puckering and wrinkling.’
    • ‘Again my fingers passed her lips and they puckered.’
    • ‘The cherry lips puckered and the brows drew together as she struggled to remember, and I smiled slightly.’
    • ‘Lip lady is puckering fast and furious now and is just about to give up when a yellowed, wrinkled paper falls out from the pile she is holding.’
    • ‘His lips puckered and a short, sharp burst of air came forth.’
    • ‘His eyes opened wide and his lips puckered in a spit.’
    • ‘Livi's neighbor's brow puckered thoughtfully as she read the instructor's criticisms.’
    • ‘But ask not for whom the lips pucker, they pucker for thee.’
    wrinkle, crinkle, cockle, crumple, rumple, ruck up, scrunch up, corrugate, ruffle, screw up, crease, shrivel, furrow, crimp, gather, draw, tuck, pleat
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noun

  • A tightly gathered wrinkle or small fold, especially on a person's face.

    ‘a pucker between his eyebrows’
    • ‘Byrd brings her lessons to us in this book full of tips and exercises to perk up your pucker.’
    • ‘In the earliest stages of embryo development, when there are only a few cells and the embryo resembles a tiny globe of cells, a small pucker develops on one side of the embryo.’
    • ‘The eye asks if the green, frilled geranium puckers, clustered at angles on each stem, are similar enough to stop time.’
    • ‘Any tea-stained paper may dry with puckers or curled edges.’
    • ‘‘Thank you,’ says the bartender, who does pride himself on his perfect pucker.’
    • ‘Your permanent pucker deserves full points because it's just so cute!’
    • ‘His bible-infused speeches have become as commonplace as his chimp-like pucker.’
    • ‘His tailor was trotted out to say it was just a seam pucker.’
    • ‘After all, when you're a spy, what's most important is not to inform congressional overseers or educate the American people about intelligence - it's to keep your pucker.’
    • ‘There's the sour pucker on a snow lynx, a soulful pout on a groundhog, and a demonic stare on a giant panda.’
    • ‘The result is that once your quilt is washed, the fabrics will exert their own shrinking personality, and you will have a quilt that has puckers - and some patches will pucker more than others.’
    • ‘There you have it - a perfect pucker for any kiss.’
    • ‘She said this while pressing both sides of his cheeks in a grotesque pucker.’
    • ‘High cheekbones and lips that always seemed to be on the cusp of a pucker.’
    • ‘But sometimes we get frustrated by puckers at the point of the dart.’
    • ‘The stunned looks on the faces of the audience caused her to lose her pucker, proving that you can't whistle and laugh at the same time.’
    • ‘Cording pintucks helps eliminate puckers and raises pintucks on heavier fabrics.’
    • ‘Her fingers are as light as the puckers in her silks.’
    • ‘He told reporters at the weekend that the bulge was nothing more than a pucker along the jacket's seam when the president crossed his arms and leaned forward.’
    • ‘Snug each stitch down just until it flattens to the surface; pulling the yarn too tight will create puckers.’
    wrinkle, fold, crinkle, crumple, corrugation, furrow, line, gather, tuck, pleat
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Phrases

  • pucker up

    • Contract one's lips as in preparation for a kiss.

      • ‘Then he cheerfully scurries over to Carolyn, closes his eyes, and puckers up for a big good-bye kiss.’
      • ‘If you rush to pucker up, he might go into panic mode.’
      • ‘Jesse puckered up and closed his eyes, but kissed nothing.’
      • ‘His lips loosely puckered up as he dipped in for the kill.’
      • ‘Can you resist when you're girlfriend puckers up?’
      • ‘According to a report published today in the journal Nature, people are nearly twice as likely to lean right instead of left when puckering up.’
      • ‘He continued to lean in and I noticed his lips slowly puckering up.’
      • ‘For Arenas, though, it's not points and wins that make girls swoon, aged ladies pucker up and folks shout from high-rise balconies.’
      • ‘He grabbed my hand and squeezed his eyes shut, puckering up and leaning forward.’
      • ‘He started to pucker up when Autumns voice sounded softly in his ear.’

Origin

Late 16th century (as a verb): probably frequentative, from the base of poke and pocket (suggesting the formation of small purse-like gatherings).

Pronunciation

pucker

/ˈpəkər//ˈpəkər/