“Crazy Henry,” the neighbors dubbed him when he tinkered in his garage.
Doe had no formal engineering training, but he tinkered endlessly.
The Coca-Cola Company should have headed those wise words before it went and tinkered with its beloved product.
He is 100 percent opposed to derailing the American Dream by allowing sequestration to be tinkered with.
To the paper's credit, it has now at least tinkered with the obituary online.
He tinkered for a living, but his vocation became the conversion of men.
When anything about the building caved in, as it frequently did, he tinkered it himself.
The chief was so tickled with lock and key, that he tinkered with both constantly.
Then he climbed back into the fuselage and tinkered at the engine.
He was a kind old fellow, and I tinkered up his mowing-machine and put a new valve in his leaking pump to square my account.
"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.