butterfingered
butterfingered ut"ter*fin`gered, Butter-fingered But"ter-fin`gered, a. Apt to let things fall, or to let them slip away; not skillful in using the hands; slippery; careless.

Syn: bumbling, bungling, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • butterfingered — adjective Date: 1615 apt to let things fall or slip through the fingers ; careless • butterfingers noun plural but singular or plural in construction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • butterfingered — See butterfingers. * * * …   Universalium

  • butterfingered — adjective prone to dropping things; clumsy …   Wiktionary

  • butterfingered — adj. clumsy, inept …   English contemporary dictionary

  • butterfingered — adjective lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands a bumbling mechanic a bungling performance ham handed governmental interference could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature Mary H. Vorse • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Butter-fingered — butterfingered ut ter*fin gered, Butter fingered But ter fin gered, a. Apt to let things fall, or to let them slip away; not skillful in using the hands; slippery; careless. Syn: bumbling, bungling, ham fisted, ham handed, handless, heavy handed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butterfingers — butterfingered, adj. /but euhr fing gerz/, n., pl. butterfingers. (used with a sing. v.) a person who frequently drops things; clumsy person. [1830 40; BUTTER + FINGER + S3] * * * …   Universalium

  • bumbling — umbling adj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; as, a bumbling mechanic. Syn: bungling, butterfingered, ham fisted, ham handed, handless, heavy handed, left handed. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ham-fisted — ham handed ham handedadj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; clumsy; bungling; also used metaphorically of actions; as, ham handed governmental interference. Syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, handless, heavy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ham-handed — ham fisted ham fisted ham handed ham handedadj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; clumsy; bungling; also used metaphorically of actions; as, ham handed governmental interference. Syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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