Part of speech: verb

To mend or patch; work in makeshift fashion.

Part of speech: noun

An itinerant mender of tinware.

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Usage examples "tinker":

  1. Where our Sheriff has failed, and the stout Guy of Gisborne, and many more beside, it behoves not a mere tinker to succeed. - "Robin Hood", J. Walker McSpadden.
  2. While looking over his machine as best he could to see if there was any chance to tinker it up so as to make another flight, he stopped short, his pulse leaping. - "Our Pilots in the Air", Captain William B. Perry.
  3. " She loves me, hear that, boy," said the tinker. - "Darrel of the Blessed Isles", Irving Bacheller.