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1. Lacking dexterity or skill; clumsy.
2. Lacking social grace or tact.
3. Having unusually large hands.

ham′-hand′ed·ly adv.


clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed apology.
ham′-hand`ed•ness, n.
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Adj.1.ham-handed - 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
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"
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But precisely for the clan's own ham-handedness, he has acquired the repute and status of quite a leader, notwithstanding the predominantly critical and censorious media he is encountering.
Withdrawal of the nominee for the FERC chairmanship reflects the intensity of the political wars between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington, the ham-handedness of the Obama administration and miscues by Ron Binz, a former Colorado Public Utility Commission chairman.
In that spirit, China's new Confucius Peace Prize is especially revealing in its ham-handedness.