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I'm looking for a word that can be used to describe a person who likes to understand how something works and tries to make the same thing in his own way.

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The word tinkerer might fit. To tinker can mean "to repair, adjust, or work with something in an unskilled or experimental manner" (Merriam-Webster). It's the "experimental" part that could make it work for your case.

He's been tinkering with cars since he was a kid, and now he's a tinkerer who knows nearly as much as a mechanic. 1

  • I see a superscript but can't find the footnote. (I like the word, by the way.) – aparente001 Dec 3 '16 at 6:34

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