- a gypsy.
- any itinerant worker.
- a wanderer.
- a beggar.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of tinker
Examples from the Web for tinkerer
The fundamental difference between the two is that Keynes is something of a tinkerer.
He was a natural mechanic, a maker and tinkerer of machines; he lisped in blueprints for the blueprints came.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
It was standard for the tinkerer, for the would-be designer of robot bodies.Tangle Hold|F. L. Wallace
He was something of a tinkerer, and he enjoyed adapting his environment to himself.Beside Still Waters|Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for tinkerer
Word Origin for tinker
Word Origin and History for tinkerer
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with tinkerer
In addition to the idiom beginning with tinker
- tinker with
- not worth a damn (tinker's damn)