minkyer, minker, minkair noun, slang, derogatory and offensive a Tinker; a tinsmith: But fellow pupils call you 'minker' or ‘gipsy' and say that we're smelly. 20-. Compare tinker etymology: attested in Shelta; possibly a development from tinker but the Dictionary of the Scots Lanugage suggests a development from Scots mink a hangman’s noose which is derived from Scots Gaelic muince ‘collar, necklet’; but is possibly just rhyming slang for tinker; minker is a term of abuse in Modern Scots and is offensive to Scots Tinkers