Tamper meaning

tămpər
A person or thing that tamps; specif., any of various instruments or tools for tamping.
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To tinker rashly or foolishly.
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To alter improperly.
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A neutron reflector in an atomic bomb that also delays the expansion of the exploding material, making possible a longer-lasting, more energetic, and more efficient explosion.
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To tamper is to interfere with something you shouldn't in a harmful way or to change something you shouldn't change.

When you change the way an electronic item is wired, voiding the warranty, this is an example of a situation where you tamper with the product.

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To interfere or tinker with something that is not authorized.
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A person or thing that tamps.
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A tool used to tamp something down, such as tobacco in a pipe.
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(intransitive) To alter by making unauthorized changes; to meddle.
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(in professional sports) To discuss future contracts against league rules with a player.
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(archaic) To contrive something secretly; plot; scheme.
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tamper with
  • to make secret, illegal arrangements with, as by bribing
  • to interfere with or meddle with, esp. so as to damage, corrupt, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

tamper with

Origin of tamper

  • Probably alteration of temper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French temprer (“to temper, mix, meddle")

    From Wiktionary

  • tamp +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary