- a gypsy.
- any itinerant worker.
- a wanderer.
- a beggar.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- tinker with,
- tinker's cuss,
- tinker's dam,
- tinker's damn,
- tinker's weed
Origin of tinker
Examples from the Web for tinker
You could tinker with them so they would boil but then the cops could take it away for being an ‘altered item’.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could spell the names of all his classmates, and he loved building with Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys.The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The ‘King of Crossword’ on Its Strange History|Kevin Fallon|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
[Laughs] KROLL: The “Tinker Stinker” I like, in that it felt like a true labeling of something that happens.‘The League’ Roundtable: The Cast Dishes on the Funniest Show You’re Not Watching|Marlow Stern|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Oh, sure, if it would attract a few token Republican votes, they were willing to tinker with the price tag.
Tinker with these positions, several sages are quoted as saying, and the GOP will be back in the game.
The tinker then pours a goatskin full of his infusion over the monster's head, who falls into a deep sleep.The Folk-Tales of the Magyars|Various
Suppose a plumber is called into your house on a raw day of January to tinker up a disordered pipe in the cellar.
As much as Tom the Tinker loved his money, he was not willing to fight for it; he therefore gave the man the full amount.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
Tom Hyde, the tinker, standing on the gallows, was asked if he had anything to say.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience|Henry David Thoreau
The Tinker rose and made a fire with leaves and furze and sticks, some dry and some green.
Word Origin for tinker
"mender of kettles, pots, pans, etc.," mid-13c. (as a surname), of uncertain origin. Some connect the word with the sound made by light hammering on metal. The verb meaning "to keep busy in a useless way" is first found 1650s. Tinker's damn "something slight and worthless" is from 1824, probably simply preserving tinkers' reputation for free and casual use of profanity; more elaborate derivations exist, but seem to be just-so stories without evidence.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tinker
- tinker with
- not worth a damn (tinker's damn)