verb (used without object)
Origin of tamper1
Synonyms for tamper
Origin of tamper2
Related Words for tampertinker, meddle, fool, intrude, cut, doctor, vary, irrigate, interpose, plant, damage, water, interlope, change, spike, cook, destroy, diversify, manipulate, busybody
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Historical Examples of tamper
He might write the songs of rebellion, but he was little likely to tamper with treason itself.Lord Kilgobbin
There was something in the hearts of his people with which he dare not tamper.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
"They will try to tamper with him," the doctor suggested, thoughtfully.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
When your Southern statesmen have tried to tamper with her, they have found her true.
To me they are sacred institutions, and I should never dare to tamper with them.
Word Origin for tamper
1560s, figurative use of tamper "to work in clay, etc., so as to mix it thoroughly," probably originally a variant of temper (v.), which is how it was initially spelled. Perhaps it is a dialectal workmen's pronunciation. Related: Tampered; tampering.