from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
- intransitive verb To work as a tinker.
- intransitive verb To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair; fiddle.
- intransitive verb To mend as a tinker.
- intransitive verb To manipulate unskillfully or experimentally.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A playfully abusive epithet for a child.
- noun A mender of household utensils of tin, brass, copper, and iron; one who goes from place to place with tools and appliances for mending kettles, pans, etc.
- noun The act of mending, especially metal-work; the doing of the work of a tinker.
- noun A botcher; a bungler; an unskilful or clumsy worker; one who makes bungling attempts at making or mending something; also, a “jack of all trades,” not necessarily unskilful.
- noun An awkward or unskilful effort to do something; a tinkering attempt; a botch; a bungle.
- noun In ordnance, a small mortar fixed on a stake, and fired by a trigger and lanyard.
- noun A small mackerel, or one about two years old; also, the chub-mackerel. See
tinker mackerel, under mackerel.
- noun The silversides, a fish. See cut under
- noun A stickleback, specifically the tenspined, Gasterosteus (or Pygosteus) pungitius.
- noun The skate.
- noun The razor-billed auk, Alca or Utamania torda. See cut under
- noun A kind of seal. [Newfoundland.] A guillemot. Also
- To repair or put to rights, as a piece of metal-work.
- To repair or put into shape rudely, temporarily, or as an unskilled workman: used in allusion to the imperfect and makeshift character of ordinary work in metals: often with up, to patch up.
- To do the work of a tinker upon metal or the like.
- To work generally in an experimental or botchy way; occupy one's self with a thing carelessly or in a meddlesome way: as, to
tinkerwith the tariff.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To busy one's self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works.
- noun A mender of brass kettles, pans, and other metal ware.
- noun One skilled in a variety of small mechanical work.
- noun (Ordnance) A small mortar on the end of a staff.
- noun Prov. Eng., Prov. Eng. A young mackerel about two years old.
- noun Prov. Eng., Prov. Eng. The chub mackerel.
- noun Prov. Eng., Prov. Eng. The silversides.
- noun Prov. Eng. A skate.
- noun (Zoöl.) The razor-billed auk.
- transitive verb To mend or solder, as metal wares; hence, more generally, to mend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun an
itineranttinsmith and menderof household utensilsmade of tin
- noun dated, offensive A member of the
travellingcommunity. A gypsy.
- noun usually with "little" A
mischievousperson, especially a playful, impishyoungster.
- noun Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents.
- noun The act of repair or invention.
- verb to
fiddlewith something in an attemptto fix, mendor improveit, especially in an experimentalor unskilledmanner
- verb to work as a tinker
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb work as a tinker or tinkerer
- verb do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
- noun small mackerel found nearly worldwide
- noun a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
- verb try to fix or mend
- noun 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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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.
I am criticised for the expression tinker up in the preface.
Particularly in the north of England and Scotland the word tinker was applied not only to people who roamed around fixing kitchenware, but to any vagrant or itinerant.
But this good feeling surrounding the word tinker is a complete turnaround for the word.
I think it's pretty common and as such the word tinker has a vaguely positive tone to it.
J has called her tinker bell since tuesday so I guess the poor baby has a nickname already.
Whilst drinking his beer he cheered the heart of the sorrowful Jack Slingsby by buying his whole tinker's stock-in-trade -- beat, plant, pony, and all -- concluding that "a tinker is his own master, a scholar is not."
A tinker is a tinker wherever you find him, a strong farmer a strong farmer, a landlord a landlord.