Tinker vs Gypsy - What's the difference?

tinker | gypsy |

Tinker is a see also of gypsy.


As nouns the difference between tinker and gypsy

is that tinker is an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin while gypsy is (sometimes|offensive) : a member of the romani people.

As verbs the difference between tinker and gypsy

is that tinker is to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner while gypsy is to roam around the country like a gypsy.

As a adjective gypsy is

: of or belonging to the romani people or one of it sub-groups (roma, sinti, romanichel, etc).

tinker

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin
  • (dated, chiefly, British, and, Irish, offensive) A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
  • A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
  • Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents.
  • The act of repair or invention.
  • (military, obsolete) A small mortar on the end of a staff.
  • Any of various fish: the chub mackerel, the silverside, the skate, or a young mackerel about two years old.
  • A bird, the razor-billed auk.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Synonyms

    * (mischievous person) rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scamp, scoundrel * (member of the travelling community) traveller

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner.
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  • To work as a tinker.
  • See also

    * * tinker's damn

    Anagrams

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    gypsy

    English

    Alternative forms

    * gipsy, gipsey (archaic) * gypsey, gypsie (archaic)

    Noun

    (gypsies)
  • (sometimes, offensive) : a member of the Romani people.
  • (offensive) An itinerant person or any person suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft; a member of a nomadic people, not necessarily Romani; a carny.
  • * :
  • Like a right gypsy , hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
  • * :
  • I will look on your treasures, gypsy . Is this understood?

    Usage notes

    See the usage note about Gypsy .

    Derived terms

    * gypsiologist, gypsiology * gypsycraft * gypsy hat * gypsyish * gypsyism * gypsy's kiss * gypsylike * gypsy winch * gypsywort

    Adjective

    (-)
  • : of or belonging to the Romani people or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichel, etc).
  • (offensive) Of or having the qualities of an itinerant person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people; making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.
  • If anyone questions them, they'll fold up faster than a gypsy roofing company.

    Usage notes

    See the notes about .

    Derived terms

    * gypsy cab * gypsy moth * gypsy mushroom * gyp, gip

    Verb

  • To roam around the country like a gypsy.
  • See also

    * bohemian, vagabond, vagrant * traveller, traveler, pavee; pikey * knacker, tinker * Romani, Rom, Roma, Sinti, Romanichal * (Gypsy)

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