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tin·ker

 (tĭng′kər)
n.
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.
v. tin·kered, tin·ker·ing, tin·kers
v.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.
v.tr.
1. To mend as a tinker.
2. To manipulate unskillfully or experimentally.

[Middle English tinkere.]

tin′ker·er n.

tinker

(ˈtɪŋkə)
n
1. (Crafts) (esp formerly) a travelling mender of pots and pans
2. a clumsy worker
3. the act of tinkering
4. (Peoples) Scot and Irish another name for Gypsy
5. informal Brit a mischievous child
6. (Animals) any of several small mackerels that occur off the North American coast of the Atlantic
vb
7. (foll by: with) to play, fiddle, or meddle (with machinery, etc), esp while undertaking repairs
8. (Crafts) to mend (pots and pans) as a tinker
[C13 tinkere, perhaps from tink tinkle, of imitative origin]
ˈtinkerer n

tin•ker

(ˈtɪŋ kər)

n.
1. a mender of pots and pans, usu. an itinerant.
2. an unskillful or clumsy worker; bungler.
3. a jack-of-all-trades.
4. an act or instance of tinkering.
6. a young mackerel.
v.i.
7. to busy oneself with a thing without useful results.
8. to work unskillfully or clumsily at anything.
9. to do the work of a tinker.
v.t.
10. to mend as a tinker.
11. to repair in a clumsy or makeshift way.
[1225–75; Middle English tinkere]
tin′ker•er, n.

tinker


Past participle: tinkered
Gerund: tinkering

Imperative
tinker
tinker
Present
I tinker
you tinker
he/she/it tinkers
we tinker
you tinker
they tinker
Preterite
I tinkered
you tinkered
he/she/it tinkered
we tinkered
you tinkered
they tinkered
Present Continuous
I am tinkering
you are tinkering
he/she/it is tinkering
we are tinkering
you are tinkering
they are tinkering
Present Perfect
I have tinkered
you have tinkered
he/she/it has tinkered
we have tinkered
you have tinkered
they have tinkered
Past Continuous
I was tinkering
you were tinkering
he/she/it was tinkering
we were tinkering
you were tinkering
they were tinkering
Past Perfect
I had tinkered
you had tinkered
he/she/it had tinkered
we had tinkered
you had tinkered
they had tinkered
Future
I will tinker
you will tinker
he/she/it will tinker
we will tinker
you will tinker
they will tinker
Future Perfect
I will have tinkered
you will have tinkered
he/she/it will have tinkered
we will have tinkered
you will have tinkered
they will have tinkered
Future Continuous
I will be tinkering
you will be tinkering
he/she/it will be tinkering
we will be tinkering
you will be tinkering
they will be tinkering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tinkering
you have been tinkering
he/she/it has been tinkering
we have been tinkering
you have been tinkering
they have been tinkering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tinkering
you will have been tinkering
he/she/it will have been tinkering
we will have been tinkering
you will have been tinkering
they will have been tinkering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tinkering
you had been tinkering
he/she/it had been tinkering
we had been tinkering
you had been tinkering
they had been tinkering
Conditional
I would tinker
you would tinker
he/she/it would tinker
we would tinker
you would tinker
they would tinker
Past Conditional
I would have tinkered
you would have tinkered
he/she/it would have tinkered
we would have tinkered
you would have tinkered
they would have tinkered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinker - a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their partstinker - a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
experimenter - a person who enjoys testing innovative ideas; "she was an experimenter in new forms of poetry"
2.tinker - formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a livingtinker - formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
gipsy, gypsy, itinerant - a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment; "itinerant traders"
3.tinker - small mackerel found nearly worldwidetinker - small mackerel found nearly worldwide
mackerel - any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
genus Scomber, Scomber - type genus of the Scombridae
Verb1.tinker - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idlytinker - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
puddle - mess around, as in a liquid or paste; "The children are having fun puddling in paint"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
2.tinker - work as a tinker or tinkerer
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"
3.tinker - try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"
fix, furbish up, mend, repair, bushel, doctor, touch on, restore - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"

tinker

verb meddle, play, toy, monkey, potter, fiddle (informal), dabble, mess about, muck about (Brit. slang) Instead of admitting their error, they just tinkered with the problem.

tinker

verb
1. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
2. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion:
Translations
صَفاح، سَمْكَرييُحاوِل تَصْليح الآلَه بدون خِبْرَه
dráteníkvrtat se
kedelflikker
barkácsolüstfoltozó
fúska, dytta aîkatlabætir
meistrautimeistrautojas
apkārtstaigājošs amatnieksmeistarotniekoties apskārdnieks
drotárvŕtať sa
mecka
kurcalamakoynamakseyyar tamirci

tinker

[ˈtɪŋkəʳ]
A. N (esp Brit)
1. (= mender) → calderero m (pej) (= gipsy) → gitano m
2. (Brit) (o.f.) (= child) → pícaro/a m/f, tunante/a m/f
you little tinker!¡tunante!
B. VI (also tinker about) to tinker withtoquetear, jugar con
he's been tinkering with the car all dayha pasado todo el día tratando de reparar el coche
they're only tinkering with the problemno se esfuerzan seriamente por resolver el problema

tinker

[ˈtɪŋkər] n (= travelling repairman) → rétameur m ambulant (= gipsy) → romanichel(le) m/f
tinker with
vi
to tinker with sth (= fiddle around with) → bricoler qch
to tinker with a problem → bricoler des solutions

tinker

n (Brit pej) → Kesselflicker m; you little tinker! (inf)du kleiner Stromer or Zigeuner! (neg!); not to give a tinker’s curse or cuss or damn about somebody/something (inf)sich einen feuchten Kehricht um jdn/etw scheren (inf); not to be worth a tinker’s curse or cuss or damn (inf)keinen Pfifferling wert sein (inf); (person) → keinen Schuss Pulver wert sein (inf)
vi
(also tinker about)herumbasteln (→ with, on an +dat)
(unskilfully) to tinker with somethingan etw (dat)herumpfuschen

tinker

[ˈtɪŋkəʳ] nstagnino ambulante
tinker with vi + prep
tinker about with vi + adv + prep (play) → trastullarsi con; (repair) → armeggiare intorno a, cercare di riparare

tinker

(ˈtiŋkə) noun
a person who travels around like a gypsy, mending kettles, pans etc.
verb
(often with about or around) to fiddle, or work in an unskilled way, with machinery etc. He enjoys tinkering around (with car engines).
References in classic literature ?
When close to the whale, in the very death-lock of the fight, he handled his unpitying lance coolly and off-handedly, as a whistling tinker his hammer.
Now that we are nearing Japan; heave-to here for a week to tinker a parcel of old hoops?
I recollect one young fellow - a tinker, I suppose, from his wallet and brazier - who had a woman with him, and who faced about and stared at me thus; and then roared to me in such a tremendous voice to come back, that I halted and looked round.
Summun had run away from me - a man - a tinker - and he'd took the fire with him, and left me wery cold.
William Brewster Gilbert Winslow Isaac Allerton Edmund Margesson Miles Standish Peter Brown John Alden Richard Bitteridge John Turner George Soule Francis Eaton Edward Tilly James Chilton John Tilly John Craxton Francis Cooke John Billington Thomas Rogers Joses Fletcher Thomas Tinker John Goodman John Ridgate Mr.
tinker tells me that it is for tomorrow noon," replied the dame.
He began to tinker at the wound in rather a clumsy way until the youth exploded.
She, I suppose, will think it a genteeler business to tinker up a lady's watch than to forge a horseshoe or make a gridiron.
I was just eight," says Phil, "agreeable to the parish calculation, when I went with the tinker.
Then I met Zaleshoff--looking like a hair-dresser's assistant, got up as fine as I don't know who, while I looked like a tinker.
There was a tinker, two barefoot friars, and a party of six of the King's foresters all clad in Lincoln green, and all of them were quaffing humming ale and singing merry ballads of the good old times.
It was a girl called Tinker Bell exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage.