n. & v.
1 an itinerant mender of kettles and pans etc.
2 Sc. & Ir. a gypsy.
3 colloq. a mischievous person or animal.
4 a spell of tinkering.
5 a rough-and-ready worker.
1 intr. (foll. by at, with) work in an amateurish or desultory way, esp. to adjust or mend machinery etc.
2 a intr. work as a tinker. b tr. repair (pots and pans).
tinkerer n.
Etymology: ME: orig. unkn.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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