from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traveling mender of metal household utensils.
- n. Chiefly British A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups of people living especially in Scotland and Ireland; a traveler.
- n. One who enjoys experimenting with and repairing machine parts.
- n. A clumsy repairer or worker; a meddler.
- intransitive v. To work as a tinker.
- intransitive v. To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair; fiddle: tinkered with the engine, hoping to discover the trouble; tinkering with the economy by trying various fiscal policies.
- transitive v. To mend as a tinker.
- transitive v. To manipulate unskillfully or experimentally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin
- n. A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
- n. A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
- n. Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents.
- n. The act of repair or invention.
- v. to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner
- v. to work as a tinker
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mender of brass kettles, pans, and other metal ware.
- n. One skilled in a variety of small mechanical work.
- n. A small mortar on the end of a staff.
- n. A young mackerel about two years old.
- n. The chub mackerel.
- n. The silversides.
- n. A skate.
- n. The razor-billed auk.
- transitive v. To mend or solder, as metal wares; hence, more generally, to mend.
- intransitive v. To busy one's self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A playfully abusive epithet for a child.
- n. A mender of household utensils of tin, brass, copper, and iron; one who goes from place to place with tools and appliances for mending kettles, pans, etc.
- n. The act of mending, especially metal-work; the doing of the work of a tinker.
- n. A botcher; a bungler; an unskilful or clumsy worker; one who makes bungling attempts at making or mending something; also, a “jack of all trades,” not necessarily unskilful.
- n. An awkward or unskilful effort to do something; a tinkering attempt; a botch; a bungle.
- n. In ordnance, a small mortar fixed on a stake, and fired by a trigger and lanyard.
- n. A small mackerel, or one about two years old; also, the chub-mackerel. See tinker mackerel, under mackerel.
- n. The silversides, a fish. See cut under silver-sides.
- n. A stickleback, specifically the tenspined, Gasterosteus (or Pygosteus) pungitius.
- n. The skate.
- n. The razor-billed auk, Alca or Utamania torda. See cut under razorbill.
- n. A kind of seal. [Newfoundland.] A guillemot. Also tinkershire.
- To repair or put to rights, as a piece of metal-work.
- To repair or put into shape rudely, temporarily, or as an unskilled workman: used in allusion to the imperfect and makeshift character of ordinary work in metals: often with up, to patch up.
- To do the work of a tinker upon metal or the like.
- To work generally in an experimental or botchy way; occupy one's self with a thing carelessly or in a meddlesome way: as, to tinker with the tariff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. work as a tinker or tinkerer
- v. do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
- n. small mackerel found nearly worldwide
- n. a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
- v. try to fix or mend
- n. formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
Middle English tinkere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tinkere (Wiktionary)