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Definition of tinker verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tinker

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tinker
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkər//
 
he / she / it tinkers
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkərz//
 
past simple tinkered
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkərd//
 
past participle tinkered
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkərd//
 
-ing form tinkering
BrE BrE//ˈtɪŋkərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪŋkərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] tinker (with something) to make small changes to something in order to repair or improve it, especially in a way that may not be helpful He’s in the garage tinkering with his bike. The password will prevent others from tinkering with your data. The government is merely tinkering at the edges of a much wider problem. Word Origin Middle English (first recorded in Anglo-Latin as a surname): of unknown origin.
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