tinker


1tin·ker

noun \ˈtiŋ-kər\

: 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
a :  a usually itinerant mender of household utensils
b :  an unskillful mender :  bungler
2
chiefly Irish :  gypsy

Origin of TINKER

Middle English tinkere
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, webster, wordsmith

2tinker

verb

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

tin·keredtin·ker·ing \-k(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of TINKER

intransitive verb
:  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>
transitive verb
:  to repair, adjust, or experiment with
tin·ker·er \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of TINKER

  1. He was tinkering in the garage.

First Known Use of TINKER

1592

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