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Noun tinker has 4 senses
  1. tinker, tinkerer - a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
    --1 is a kind of experimenter
    Derived form: verb tinker1
  2. tinker - an itinerant Gypsy
    --2 is a kind of
  3. mender, tinker, tinkerer - a traveling repairman who mends broken things (such as metal household utensils)
    --3 is a kind of repairman, repairer, maintenance man, service man, fixer
    Derived form: verb tinker2
  4. chub mackerel, tinker, Scomber japonicus - small mackerel found nearly worldwide
    --4 is a kind of mackerel
    --4 is a member of Scomber, genus Scomber
Verb tinker has 3 senses
  1. putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
    --1 is one way to work
    Derived forms: noun tinker1, noun tinkerer2, noun tinkerer1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. tinker - work as a tinker or tinkerer
    --2 is one way to
    work, do work
    Derived forms: noun tinker3, noun tinkerer3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  3. tinker, fiddle - try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"
    --3 is one way to repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
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