AskDefine | Define tinker

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1 a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts [syn: tinkerer]
2 an itinerant Gypsy
3 a traveling repairman who mends broken things (such as metal household utensils) [syn: mender, tinkerer]
4 small mackerel found nearly worldwide [syn: chub mackerel, Scomber japonicus]


1 do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house" [syn: putter, mess around, potter, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around]
2 work as a tinker or tinkerer
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" [syn: fiddle]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Tinker




  1. an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin
  2. In the context of "mostly|british|Irish": A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
The term is not common now, and was considered offensive.


to tinker (intransitive or transitive)
  1. to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner
  2. to work as a tinker


to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it
to work as a tinker

Extensive Definition

Tinker or Tinkers may refer to:


  • Major General Clarence L. Tinker, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Joe Tinker, a Major League Baseball player
  • Tuatha'an, the pacifist Travelling People in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, commonly known as Tinkers
  • Tinker, a fictional character in the British TV series Lovejoy
  • Tinkers, the main protagonists of Vernor Vinge's book The Peace War

See also

tinker in German: Tinker
tinker in French: Tinker

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cobble, cobbler, commission, condition, coquet, dabble, dally, darn, do up, doctor, doodle, fiddle, fiddle with, fiddle-faddle, fidget with, finger with, fix, fix up, fixer, flirt, fool, fool around, fool with, fribble, frivol, horse around, idle, jerk off, kid around, little Miss Fixit, loiter, maintenance man, mechanic, mechanician, meddle, mend, mender, mess, mess around, monkey, monkey around, overhaul, patch, patch up, piddle, play, play around, play with, potter, puddle, put in commission, put in order, put in repair, put in shape, putter, ready, recap, recondition, renovator, repair, repairer, repairman, restorer, retread, service, serviceman, set to rights, sew up, smatter, tinker up, toy, toy with, trifle, trouble man, troubleshooter, twiddle
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