What does tinker mean?

Definitions for tinker
ˈtɪŋ kərtin·ker

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tinker, tinkerer(noun)

    a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts

  2. tinker(noun)

    formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living

  3. chub mackerel, tinker, Scomber japonicus(verb)

    small mackerel found nearly worldwide

  4. putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around(verb)

    do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

    "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"

  5. tinker(verb)

    work as a tinker or tinkerer

  6. tinker, fiddle(verb)

    try to fix or mend

    "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"


  1. tinker(Noun)

    an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin

  2. tinker(Noun)

    A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.

  3. tinker(Noun)

    A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.

  4. tinker(Noun)

    Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents.

  5. tinker(Noun)

    The act of repair or invention.

  6. tinker(Verb)

    to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner

  7. tinker(Verb)

    to work as a tinker

  8. Tinker(ProperNoun)

    A northern English occupational surname for someone who mends pots and pans

  9. Origin: From tinkere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tinker(noun)

    a mender of brass kettles, pans, and other metal ware

  2. Tinker(noun)

    one skilled in a variety of small mechanical work

  3. Tinker(noun)

    a small mortar on the end of a staff

  4. Tinker(noun)

    a young mackerel about two years old

  5. Tinker(noun)

    the chub mackerel

  6. Tinker(noun)

    the silversides

  7. Tinker(noun)

    a skate

  8. Tinker(noun)

    the razor-billed auk

  9. Tinker(verb)

    to mend or solder, as metal wares; hence, more generally, to mend

  10. Tinker(verb)

    to busy one's self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works


  1. Tinker

    Tinker is a computer software application for molecular dynamics simulation with a complete and general package for molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics, with some special features for biopolymers. The heart of the Tinker package is a modular set of callable routines which allow the manipulation of coordinates and evaluation of potential energy and derivatives in a straightforward fashion. Tinker works on Windows, Mac, and Unix/Linux and its source code is available free of charge under a restrictive license. The code was written in FORTRAN77 with common extensions and some C. The code is maintained by Jay Ponder at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tinker

    tingk′ėr, n. a mender of brazen or tin kettles, pans, &c.—(Scot.) Tink′ler: the act of doing tinker's work: a botcher or bungler: a botch or bungle: a young mackerel.—v.t. to repair, esp. unskilfully.—v.i. to do tinker's work: to make a botch or mess of anything. [M. E. tinkeretinken, to tink, to make a sharp, shrill sound; cf. Scot. tinkler, a worker in tin.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinker in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Amy Oberman:

    Yes, there is freedom of speech established by Tinker.

  2. James Scott:

    We have the technical sophistication of Tinker Toy’s protecting the IoT microcosms of America’s health sector organizations.

  3. Leland Stowe:

    An American will tinker with anything he can put his hands on. But how rarely can he be persuaded to tinker with an abstract idea.

  4. Amy Oberman:

    Yes, there is freedom of speech established by [The Supreme Court decision] Tinker, but at least in my view, it's a hate crime because a group was targeted.

  5. Steven Rosenthal:

    At the end of the day, I think they'd step back from the precipice and just tinker around with the current system, but you never know. We are living in strange times.

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Translations for tinker

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • tüftelnGerman
  • gitanoSpanish
  • värkkäillä, tinata, kattilanpaikkaaja, nikkaroida, tinuri, pusata, ryökäle, rassata, värkätäFinnish
  • bricolerFrench
  • tincéir, scabhaitéirIrish
  • zingaro, stagnino, arrabattarsi, calderaio, lattoniereItalian
  • לְנַסוֹת לְתַקֵןHebrew
  • いじくり回しますJapanese
  • DëppegéisserLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • kjeleflikkerNorwegian
  • подправлять, возитьсяRussian
  • meka, kopparslagare, rackare, resande, mixtra, löskefolk, kittelflickare, joxa, tattare, mecka, knåpaSwedish

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