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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from tink ( TINKLE2); from the sounds made by someone mending a metal pot

tinker

2 noun
     
Related topics: Occupations, Children
tinker2 [countable]
1BO in the past, a tinker was someone who travelled from place to place selling things or repairing metal pots, pans etc
2 British English old-fashionedSSC a disobedient or annoying young child

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