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tin·ker  audio  (tngkr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A traveling mender of metal household utensils.
  2. Chiefly British A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups of people living especially in Scotland and Ireland; a traveler.
  3. One who enjoys experimenting with and repairing machine parts.
  4. A clumsy repairer or worker; a meddler.
VERB:
tin·kered, tin·ker·ing, tin·kers
VERB:
intr.
  1. To work as a tinker.
  2. To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair; fiddle: tinkered with the engine, hoping to discover the trouble; tinkering with the economy by trying various fiscal policies.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To mend as a tinker.
  2. To manipulate unskillfully or experimentally.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English tinkere

OTHER FORMS:
tinker·er(Noun)


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