tinker

[ ting-ker ]SEE DEFINITION OF tinker

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TINKER

He can tinker up almost anything, and that eliminates the blacksmith.

He did not go down to the Lake this day, lest he should come near the tinker.

So all turned their steps to the forest depths, where the Tinker was to live henceforth.

The Tinker said nothing at first but stood looking at Robin with a grim face.

"But nought have I to pay thee with, good fellow," quoth the Tinker.

"Nay," quoth the Tinker, shaking his head slowly from side to side.

"That will I not do, even to mine own brother," answered the Tinker.

"Then, prythee, let us hear how he hath taught thee," quoth the Tinker.

He returned at the end of the year to his tinker's work at Elstow, much as he had left it.

While Sutter looked on with apprehensive eyes, he began to tinker with the wiring.

WORD ORIGIN

"mender of kettles, pots, pans, etc.," mid-13c. (as a surname), of uncertain origin. Some connect the word with the sound made by light hammering on metal. The verb meaning "to keep busy in a useless way" is first found 1650s. Tinker's damn "something slight and worthless" is from 1824, probably simply preserving tinkers' reputation for free and casual use of profanity; more elaborate derivations exist, but seem to be just-so stories without evidence.

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