A term used to describe the tightness of your sphincter following a close call. Some as yet unidentified factors are high enough to cause discomfort as you must take an appreciable amount of time to remove from your butt that what you were sitting on.
Almost laying down my bike around that corner had a pucker factor of 7.
by tradesman June 9, 2003
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A term used in the early 1970's US Army Paratrooper School to describe the fear of jumping out of an airplane for the first time.
He had so much pucker factor as he was about to jump, you couldn't drive a ten penny nail with a two pound hammer through his ass.
by plumber extraordinaire August 21, 2003
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The pucker factor was so high you couldn't pull a straight pin out of his ass with a bulldozer.
by Me September 6, 2003
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Fear of the unknown, the unexpected, surprise, knowing you may be injured serverly and fearing you may not be killed outright!
Check out the newly published book by 1st Books Library, THE PUCKER FACTOR, one noncombatant's Vietnam memoir, by Daniel C, Webster
by "Duke"Webster November 9, 2003
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When your sphincter puckers to an applicable amount
If you hit a golfball and it tends to go towards a window on a golfcourse, then you might get a pucker factor of 5. If it really gets close to the window, you might get a pucker factor of 8..etc
by Curt Kowalski March 19, 2008
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The pucker factor is a scale by which someone can assign a numerical value,from one to ten,to an occurance or encounter that frightens or terrifies.
This describes the level of reaction of the sphincter during times of crisis.
NOTE:A Pucker Factor of 10 can only be truly achieved upon death or dismemberment.
"G'damn dwarf came up on me in the dark,I thought it was that mean-ass dog for a second,gave me a pucker factor of bout 5.9"
NOTE: This happened to me recently.

"HOLY SHIT,that dude parachuted into a GAWDAMN ALLIGATOR FARM!"
NOTE:There is little doubt the parrachutist reached a PF of 10 easily,perhaps the entire way down.
by CrowTard March 10, 2006
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The act of your sphincter grabbing some of the seat underneath you as you narrowly escape a dire situation (i.e. an emergency procedure, enemy fire, RPGs, SAM missiles.) while flying a helicopter for the U.S. Army.
My pucker factor was on level 10 when I experienced enemy fire and lost power to my engines. We autorotated and made it safely to the ground. But dang, i still got some of that seat in my butt.
by AViatorQ March 4, 2010
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