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, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ham-handed — ham′ hand ed adj. cvb clumsy, inept, or heavy handed: a ham handed apology[/ex] • Etymology: 1915–20 ham′ hand ed•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • ham-handed — [ham′han΄did] adj. clumsy, graceless, or tactless; inept: also Chiefly Brit. ham fisted …   English World dictionary

  • ham-handed — hamhandedness; esp. Brit., hamfistedness, n. /ham han did/, adj. clumsy, inept, or heavy handed: a ham handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings. Also, esp. Brit., ham fisted /ham fis tid/. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • ham-handed — adj. colloq. = HAM FISTED. Derivatives: ham handedly adv. ham handedness n. * * * ˌham ˈfisted f18 [ham fisted] (NAmE also ˈham handed) adjective (informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • ham-handed — mod. lacking dexterity; clumsy. U If I wasn’t so ham handed, I could probably fix the thing myself. □ He is the most ham handed guy I’ve ever seen …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ham-handed — {adj.}, {slang} 1. Having very large hands. * /Pete is a big, ham handed man who used to be a football player./ 2. See: HEAVY HANDED …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ham-handed — {adj.}, {slang} 1. Having very large hands. * /Pete is a big, ham handed man who used to be a football player./ 2. See: HEAVY HANDED …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ham-handed — adj slang 1. Having very large hands. Pete is a big, ham handed man who used to be a football player. 2. See: heavy handed …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ham-handed — adjective Clumsy, heavy, or inept; not delicate, light or gentle. Some of the dishes arrived damaged after their ham handed moving efforts …   Wiktionary

  • ham-handed — adjective Date: 1918 lacking dexterity or grace ; heavy handed • ham handedly adverb • ham handedness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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