from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who tamps, or prepares for blasting by stopping the hole in which the charge is placed.
  • noun An instrument used in tamping; a tamping-bar or tamping-iron.
  • To experiment rashly; busy one's self unwisely or officiously; meddle: usually followed by with in this and the other senses.
  • To interfere, as for the purpose of alteration; make objectionable or unauthorized changes (in): as, to tamper with a will or other document.
  • To use secret or underhand measures; exert unfair or corrupt influence; especially, to use improper persuasions, solicitations, bribery, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To meddle; to be busy; to try little experiments.
  • intransitive verb To meddle so as to alter, injure, or vitiate a thing.
  • intransitive verb To deal unfairly; to practice secretly; to use bribery.
  • noun One who tamps; specifically, one who prepares for blasting, by filling the hole in which the charge is placed.
  • noun An instrument used in tamping; a tamping iron.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To alter by making unauthorized changes; to meddle.
  • verb in professional sports To discuss future contracts against league rules with a player.
  • noun A person or thing that tamps.
  • noun A tool used to tamp down tobacco in a pipe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
  • noun a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
  • verb play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably alteration of temper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French temprer ("to temper, mix, meddle")


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