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Definition of Tinker


  1. A mender of brass kettles, pans, and other metal ware.
  2. One skilled in a variety of small mechanical work.
  3. A small mortar on the end of a staff.
  4. A young mackerel about two years old.
  5. The chub mackerel.
  6. The silversides.
  7. A skate.
  8. The razor-billed auk.
  9. To mend or solder, as metal wares; hence, more generally, to mend.
  10. To busy one's self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works.

Tinker Quotations

The creation of George Smiley, the retired spy recalled to hunt for just such a high-ranking mole in 'Tinker, Tailor,' was extremely personal. I borrowed elements of people I admired and invested them in this mythical character. I'm such a fluent, specious person now, but I was an extremely awkward fellow in those days.
John le Carre

We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
Henry Ford

Unstructured play gives kids the space they need to tinker and take risks - both vital for the budding entrepreneur.
Darell Hammond

In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children's curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore - in short, to play.
Darell Hammond

No, it's not dissatisfaction that inspires me to tinker with my songs, it's just restlessness.
Andrew Bird
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Tinker Translations

tinker in French is bricolons, bricolez, bricoler, bricolent
tinker in German is basteln, flicken
tinker in Swedish is kittelflickare, fuskare
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