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tinker

tink·er

tinker

 
pronunciation:
tIng kr
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who earns a living by traveling from place to place and repairing metal household wares.
definition 2: one who enjoys dismantling, reassembling, or repairing mechanical objects, esp. as a hobby.
definition 3: a clumsy or unskilled worker.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: tinkered, tinkering, tinkers
definition 1: to make a living as a tinker.
definition 2: to make or repair, or attempt to make or repair, something in an experimental or unskillful manner.
She tinkered with a broken clock for hours.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to fix or repair as a tinker.
definition 2: to make or repair unskillfully or experimentally.
derivation: tinkerer (n.)