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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.
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"tinker" in British English

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tinkerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈtɪŋ.kər/  us   /ˈtɪŋ.kɚ/

tinkernoun

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.
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