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tinker

verb tin·ker \ ˈtiŋ-kər \

Definition of tinker

tinkered; tinkering play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
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

tinkerer

play \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of tinker in a Sentence

  1. He was tinkering in the garage.

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First Known Use of tinker

1592


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tinker

noun

Definition of tinker

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

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Origin and Etymology of tinker

Middle English tinkere



TINKER Defined for English Language Learners

tinker

noun

Definition of tinker for English Language Learners

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


tinker

verb

Definition of tinker for English Language Learners

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


TINKER Defined for Kids

tinker

verb tin·ker \ ˈtiŋ-kər \

Definition of tinker for Students

tinkered; tinkering
:to repair or adjust something in an unskilled or experimental manner


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