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tinker

[ ting-ker ]
/ ˈtɪŋ kər /
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noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to mend as a tinker.
to repair in an unskillful, clumsy, or makeshift way.
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Origin of tinker

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English tinkere (noun), syncopated variant of tinekere “worker in tin”

OTHER WORDS FROM tinker

tin·ker·er, nounun·tin·kered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tinker

tinker
/ (ˈtɪŋkə) /

noun
verb
(intr foll by with) to play, fiddle, or meddle (with machinery, etc), esp while undertaking repairs
to mend (pots and pans) as a tinker

Derived forms of tinker

tinkerer, noun

Word Origin for tinker

C13 tinkere, perhaps from tink tinkle, of imitative origin
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