Definition of tinsmith in US English:



  • A person who makes or repairs articles of tin or tinplate.

    • ‘It's fascinating to watch the small specific bazaars roll by roads entirely occupied by plumbing fixture shops, film developers, tinsmiths, carpenters.’
    • ‘And later: ‘The poorest people, the tailors and tinsmiths, the ones without hope, are so much nobler, more generous and more intelligent than the people who've somehow managed to lay by a few provisions.’’
    • ‘He traveled the colonies, from New York to Maryland, cleaning timepieces, working as a tinsmith, and barely keeping beyond the reach of his creditors.’
    • ‘There were brass-founders and tinsmiths, pottery makers like Samuel Skinner whose wife Mary took over the business when he died.’
    • ‘Danny, who spent nearly twenty years in Faha, was gifted as a tinsmith and many a household has evidence of his craftsmanship.’
    • ‘He was a student at Manchester Road Secondary School (now Bedford High) and became an apprentice tinsmith at the Albion Works before joining the Grenadier Guards towards the end of the war in 1945.’
    • ‘In the mid-1850s, tinsmiths applied their skills to the toy industry, creating durable, lightweight, mass - produced toys.’
    • ‘Workers in this informal sector include tinsmiths, seamstresses, bakers, carpenters, and peddlers.’
    • ‘Stenciling could also be learned on the job, for cabinetmakers and tinsmiths frequently employed girls and young women to decorate furniture and tinware.’
    • ‘The United Nations agricultural agency is set to oversee the distribution in Afghanistan of around 14,000 grain storage silos - produced by local tinsmiths and technicians - to farmers in nine provinces.’
    • ‘Of less stature were the tinsmiths, who made lanterns, bugles, trumpets, military ornaments, and funils widely used during carnival.’
    • ‘The cloth-bound compilation shows turners, coppersmiths, tinsmiths, gun fitters, engine fitters and radio mechanics hard at work, including a large number of women training as fitters, turners and welders.’
    • ‘Among the tinsmiths, the tradition has been established to make a pint mug out of which the makers can have a beer at the end of the day.’
    • ‘In the eighteenth century, it was inhabited by tinsmiths from the Auvergne, masons from the Limousin, stonecutters from Normandy and woodworkers from Savoy.’
    • ‘Among the post's 631 men were bakers, blacksmiths, bricklayers, carpenters, masons, painters, plasterers, plumbers, saddlers, tinsmiths, and wheelwrights.’
    • ‘A hot day over a soldering copper is thirsty work, which the tinsmiths were able to remedy.’
    • ‘Some dealt in food but there were also tailors, shoemakers, glove-makers (including Shakespeare's father), wheelwrights, carpenters, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, and many more.’
    • ‘Apprentice blacksmiths learned their trade in the school of hard knocks, as did the tinsmith, whose workshops can be seen opposite the museum's smithy, alongside those of the shoemaker and cooper.’
    • ‘Robert Stevenson's father-in-law and step-father were the same person, one Thomas Smith, a tinsmith who invented and manufactured lamp-light reflectors.’
    • ‘Greater problems were posed by specialists such as sheet metal workers, welders, and tinsmiths who were in short supply.’