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Verb: tinker  ting-ku(r)
  1. Do random, unplanned work, activities or spend time idly
    "The old lady is usually tinkering in her little house";
    - putter [N. Amer], mess around, potter [Brit], monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around
     
  2. Work as a tinker or tinkerer
     
  3. Try to fix or mend
    "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right";
    - fiddle
Noun: tinker  ting-ku(r)
  1. A person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
    - tinkerer
     
  2. Formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who travelled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
     
  3. Small mackerel found nearly worldwide
    - chub mackerel, Scomber japonicus

Derived forms: tinkered, tinkers, tinkering

Type of: bushel [US], do work, doctor, experimenter, fix, furbish up, gipsy, gypsy, itinerant, mackerel, mend, repair, restore, touch on, work

Part of: genus Scomber, Scomber

Encyclopedia: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy