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tinker | ˈtɪŋkəә |
1. (especially in former times) a person who makes a living by travelling from place to place mending pans and other metal utensils. • Brit., chiefly derogatory a Gypsy or other person living in an itinerant community.
2. Brit. informal a mischievous child.
3. an act of attempting to repair something.
verb [ no obj. ]
attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way: he spent hours tinkering with the car.
PHRASES: not give a tinker's curse (or cuss or damn ) informal not care at all.
DERIVATIVES: tinkerer noun
ORIGIN: Middle English (first recorded in Anglo-Latin as a surname): of unknown origin
- British Oxford Dictionary