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English noun: tinker

1. tinker (person) a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts


Broader (hypernym)experimenter

2. tinker (person) 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

Broader (hypernym)gipsy, gypsy, itinerant

3. tinker (animal) small mackerel found nearly worldwide

Synonymschub mackerel, Scomber japonicus

Broader (hypernym)mackerel

Member meronymgenus Scomber, Scomber

English verb: tinker

1. tinker (contact) do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

SamplesThe old lady is usually mucking about in her little house.

Synonymsmess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, potter, putter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)work

Narrower (hyponym)puddle

2. tinker (social) work as a tinker or tinkerer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

3. tinker (change) try to fix or mend

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

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