:The term is not common now, and was considered offensive.
verb to tinker (intransitive or transitive)
- an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin
- (context, mostly, british, Irish) A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
- to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner
- to work as a tinker
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