When you play around with the controls on the dishwasher to try to make the dishwasher work better and you end up messing it up, this is an example of a situation where you tinker with the dishwasher.
A gypsy is an example of a tinker.
A repairman is an example of a tinker.
Tinkered with the engine, hoping to discover the trouble; tinkering with the economy by trying various fiscal policies.
Origin of tinker
- Middle English tinkere
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English tinkere