Meaning of “tinker” in the English Dictionary

"tinker" in British English

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tinkerverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈtɪŋ.kər/ us /ˈtɪŋ.kɚ/


uk /ˈtɪŋ.kər/ us /ˈtɪŋ.kɚ/

tinker noun (TRAVELLER)

[ C ] especially in the past, a person who travelled from place to place, repairing pans or other metal containers

tinker noun (CHILD)

[ C ] UK old-fashioned informal a child who behaves badly:

[ 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 small changes 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)