- 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 tinkering
There is no improvising, no tinkering with the script and very little room for actors to suggest improvements.The Cast of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Says Wes Anderson Is a Genius Hardass|Nico Hines|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It refers to what Americans call eau-de-vie, though Austrians have been tinkering with and perfecting the drink for centuries.What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps|Jordan Salcito|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among the series currently in production, tinkering with the kids-and-fame formula is still the order of the day.How to Curate Your Tween’s TV Time, From ‘Big Time Rush’ to ‘Dog with a Blog’|Barbara Spindel|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Social Security's problems are modest anyway compared to Medicare, and tinkering with the cap should fix a good portion of it.
That is why tinkering with Social Security has become “the third rail of American politics.”
First and last, about two score of them must have chanced along in the hour I was tinkering with my boat late Sunday afternoon.Down the Yellowstone|Lewis R. Freeman
It put me to some expense every year, tinkering of it up where the poor lumber warped and split.Strangers and Wayfarers|Sarah Orne Jewett
I am one of those who never believe in tinkering in the matter of legislation.India for Indians|C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
All that sort of thing, in my opinion, is like tinkering with the works of a clock—amateur tinkering, I mean.The Terror|Arthur Machen
The long line of trucks is drawn up not far from the field entrance, and the drivers are tinkering them for tomorrow.At Plattsburg|Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for tinkering
Word Origin for tinker
Word Origin and History for tinkering
"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 tinkering
In addition to the idiom beginning with tinker
- tinker with
- not worth a damn (tinker's damn)