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Meaning of “tinker” in the English Dictionary

"tinker" in British English

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tinkerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈtɪŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/

tinkernoun

uk   /ˈtɪŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/
  • tinker noun (TRAVELLER)

[C] especially in the past, a ​person who ​travelled from ​place to ​place, ​repairingpans or other ​metalcontainers
  • tinker noun (CHILD)

[C] UK old-fashioned informal a ​child who ​behavesbadly: [as form of address] You tinker, Nicky, you shouldn't have done that. Don't be such a tinker.
(Definition of tinker from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tinker" in American English

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tinkerverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈtɪŋ·kər/
to make ​smallchanges in something, because you ​hope to ​improve or ​fix it: Chuck tinkers with the car’s ​engine all the ​time.
(Definition of tinker from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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