tamper

1
[tam-per]
verb (used without object)
  1. to meddle, especially for the purpose of altering, damaging, or misusing (usually followed by with): Someone has been tampering with the lock.
  2. to make changes in something, especially in order to falsify (usually followed by with): to tamper with official records.
  3. to engage secretly or improperly in something.
  4. to engage in underhand or corrupt dealings, especially in order to influence improperly (usually followed by with): Any lawyer who tries to tamper with a jury should be disbarred.

Origin of tamper

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1560–70; probably variant of temper (v.)
Related formstam·per·er, nounun·tam·pered, adjective

Synonyms for tamper

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Historical Examples of tampering

  • But to give it to him would be like tampering with his position of complete dependence.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The planetary rulers had taken no chances of tampering with their propaganda.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • That of being spies and tampering with the aeroplane last night!

  • Was it not tampering with rectitude to have overcome them by a too persuasive rhetoric?

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • Is that where the strange man was tampering with the lock the day of the auction?


British Dictionary definitions for tampering

tamper

1
verb (intr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to interfere or meddle
  2. to use corrupt practices such as bribery or blackmail
  3. (usually foll by with) to attempt to influence or corrupt, esp by briberyto tamper with the jury
Derived Formstamperer, noun

Word Origin for tamper

C16: alteration of temper (verb)

tamper

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noun
  1. a person or thing that tamps, esp an instrument for packing down tobacco in a pipe
  2. a casing around the core of a nuclear weapon to increase its efficiency by reflecting neutrons and delaying the expansion
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Word Origin and History for tampering

tamper

v.

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.

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