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tinker (ˈtɪŋkə

Definitions

noun

  1. (esp formerly) a travelling mender of pots and pans
  2. a clumsy worker
  3. the act of tinkering
  4. (Scottish & and Irish) another name for Gypsy
  5. (British, informal) a mischievous child
  6. any of several small mackerels that occur off the North American coast of the Atlantic

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verb

  1. (intransitive) foll by with to play, fiddle, or meddle (with machinery, etc), esp while undertaking repairs
  2. to mend (pots and pans) as a tinker

Derived Forms

ˈtinkerer  noun

Word Origin

C13 tinkere, perhaps from tink tinkle, of imitative origin

Synonyms

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= meddle, play, toy, monkey, potter, fiddle (informal), dabble, mess about, muck about (British) (slang)

Translations for 'tinker'

  • British English: tinker If you tinker with something, you make some small changes to it, in an attempt to improve it or repair it. VERB
  • Brazilian Portuguese: remendar
  • Chinese: 小修改
  • European Spanish: retocar
  • French: bricoler
  • German: herumbasteln
  • Italian: armeggiare
  • Japanese: いじる
  • Korean: 어설프게 손보다
  • Portuguese: remendar
  • Spanish: retocar

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