tinker Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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/
to make ​smallchanges to something, ​especially in an ​attempt to ​repair or ​improve it: He ​spends every ​weekend tinkering (around) with his ​car. I ​wish the ​government would ​stop tinkering with the ​healthservice.


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.

tinker noun (CHANGES)

[S] UK the ​activity of making ​smallchanges to something: I'll just have a tinker with the TV and ​see if I can get it to ​work.
(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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