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Definition of "tinker" []

  • A traveling mender of metal household utensils. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups of people living especially in Scotland and Ireland; a traveler. (noun)
  • One who enjoys experimenting with and repairing machine parts. (noun)
  • A clumsy repairer or worker; a meddler. (noun)
  • To work as a tinker. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tinker" in a sentence
  • "To many people, guns are like cars before cars were operated by 18 computers; the urge to tinker is irresistible."
  • "I think the freedom to tinker is a key, fundamental freedom whose importance is growing as we depend more and more on software and computer hardware."
  • "Though he is usually called a tinker, Bunyan had a settled home and place of business."