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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”
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
tinkerer, noun
C13 tinkere, perhaps from tink tinkle, of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with tinker

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