worth a tinker's damn

Definition of worth a tinker's damn

US, informal
:be good, valuable, or important enough for (something/someone) used in negative statements
  • If you ask me, his opinions aren't worth a tinker's damn.

Word by Word Definitions

worth play
  1. : become

  1. : having monetary or material value

  2. : estimable

  1. : monetary value

  2. : the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

  3. : the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. : equal in value to

  2. : having assets or income equal to

  3. : deserving of

tinker play
  1. : to work in the manner of a tinker

  2. : to repair, adjust, or experiment with

  1. : a usually itinerant mender of household utensils

  2. : an unskillful mender : bungler

  3. : gypsy

damn play
  1. : to condemn to a punishment or fate

  2. : to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect

  3. : to condemn as a failure by public criticism

  1. : the utterance of the word damn as a curse

  2. : a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) : the least bit

  1. : damned


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