- a gypsy.
- any itinerant worker.
- a wanderer.
- a beggar.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of tinker
Related formstin·ker·er, nounun·tin·kered, adjective
Examples from the Web for tinkered
“Crazy Henry,” the neighbors dubbed him when he tinkered in his garage.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit|Daniel Gross|January 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is 100 percent opposed to derailing the American Dream by allowing sequestration to be tinkered with.
Doe had no formal engineering training, but he tinkered endlessly.
The Coca-Cola Company should have headed those wise words before it went and tinkered with its beloved product.
To the paper's credit, it has now at least tinkered with the obituary online.
They tinkered at it for an hour and more, Jack coming over to take a hand; but apparently little progress was made.Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes|Louis Arundel
I have “tinkered” it by adding the two syllables “and clear” to make the line complete.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler|Samuel Butler
The driver buried himself under the hood and tinkered with the engine for a few minutes.Janet Hardy in Radio City|Ruthe S. Wheeler
The car went to the bad again at Wynton, and he and Barney tinkered with it until two-forty.The Window at the White Cat|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The shallower artist ever tinkered with new devices,—to some effects, in truth.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
British Dictionary definitions for tinkered
Derived Formstinkerer, noun
Word Origin for tinker
Idioms and Phrases with tinkered
In addition to the idiom beginning with tinker
- tinker with
- not worth a damn (tinker's damn)