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tinker

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noun tin·ker \ˈtiŋ-kər\

Simple Definition of tinker

  • : a person who in the past traveled to different places and made money by selling or repairing small items (such as pots and pans)

Full Definition of tinker

  1. 1a :  a usually itinerant mender of household utensilsb :  an unskillful mender :  bungler

  2. 2 chiefly Irish :  gypsy

Origin of tinker

Middle English tinkere


First Known Use: 14th century


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tinker

verb tin·ker

Simple Definition of tinker

  • : to try to repair or improve something (such as a machine) by making small changes or adjustments to it

Full Definition of tinker

tin·keredtin·ker·ing play \-k(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to work in the manner of a tinker; especially :  to repair, adjust, or work with something in an unskilled or experimental manner :  fiddle <always tinkering with his car>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to repair, adjust, or experiment with

tin·ker·er play \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of tinker

  1. He was tinkering in the garage.



1592

First Known Use of tinker

1592




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