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tinker

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noun tin·ker \ˈtiŋ-kər\

Definition of tinker

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

  2. 2 chiefly Irish :  gypsy

Origin and Etymology of tinker

Middle English tinkere


First Known Use: 14th century


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tinker

verb tin·ker

Definition of tinker

tinkered

tinkering

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  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

tinkerer

play \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of tinker in a sentence

  1. He was tinkering in the garage.

1592

First Known Use of tinker

1592



TINKER Defined for English Language Learners

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tinker

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noun tin·ker \ˈtiŋ-kər\

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)


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tinker

verb tin·ker

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

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verb tin·ker \ˈtiŋ-kər\

Definition of tinker for Students

tinkered

tinkering

  1. :  to repair or adjust something in an unskilled or experimental manner



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