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  • n. Agent noun of tinker; one who tinkers with things.
  • n. A meddler.

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  • n. an unskilled person who tries to fix or mend
  • n. a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts


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  • The tinkerer is personified in the therapist and the being who is the World is represented by George Orr (he in fact holds the power of creation in his hands, but is ironically in power of Haber himself).

    Ursula K. Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven (Book Review)

  • Jack Carter, the Houston big-game hunter and bullet tinkerer, is hunting in a better world now, but his Trophy Bonded bullets are alive and well and being manufactured by Federal and sold to handloaders through Speer Bullets.

    David E.

  • On a recent weekend, Sari Harris - a self-described "tinkerer" - spent close to $1,000 to make her own bamboo bike.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Evolution has been famously described as a tinkerer, building new structures out of old parts.

    David Sloan Wilson: Atheism as a Stealth Religion IV: The Transformation of the Obvious

  • Better still, he realizes it needs to go a lot further to get this technology past the 'tinkerer' phase which it is in now.

    Archive 2005-06-19

  • What really gets me about Ancelotti is that he's not a "tinkerer" in any sense.

    Chelsea Blog

  • MANISTIQUE - A self-described "tinkerer" John Chandler, second-year superintendent of Manistique Area Schools, has been supporting changes and improvements in the school since his first day on the job.

    Daily Press

  • (R) After home invaders kill his wife and daughter, "tinkerer" Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) exacts revenge on Philadelphia's criminal justice system, particularly district attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), who cut a deal to give a sleazy killer a light sentence.

    Creative Loafing Atlanta Feed

  • When he started the normal claim that all those proteins can't just be created in evolution, I rebutted with the 'tinkerer' angle, and he admitted he'd not heard that and walked away.

    Planet Atheism

  • He was a "tinkerer" who loved electronics and mechanics and could take anything apart.

    The Chronicle Herald - Maintenance Feed


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  • Bit of discussion a while back on tinker, coastwise.

    July 22, 2008

  • WeirdNET cannot be trusted.

    July 22, 2008

  • who says a tinkerer is unskilled?

    July 22, 2008