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Meaning & Definition of Tinker in English

English

Tinker

/tɪŋkər/

noun

1. A person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts

    synonym:
  • tinker
  • ,
  • tinkerer

2. 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

    synonym:
  • tinker

3. Small mackerel found nearly worldwide

    synonym:
  • chub mackerel
  • ,
  • tinker
  • ,
  • Scomber japonicus

verb

1. Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

  • "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
    synonym:
  • putter
  • ,
  • mess around
  • ,
  • potter
  • ,
  • tinker
  • ,
  • monkey
  • ,
  • monkey around
  • ,
  • muck about
  • ,
  • muck around

2. Work as a tinker or tinkerer

    synonym:
  • tinker

3. Try to fix or mend

  • "Can you tinker with the t.v. set--it's not working right"
  • "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"
    synonym:
  • tinker
  • ,
  • fiddle