cack-handed

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cack-hand·ed

 (kăk′hăn′dĭd)
adj. Chiefly British
1. Left-handed.
2. Awkward; clumsy.

[Perhaps from Old Norse keikr, bent backwards; akin to Danish keite, left-handed.]

cack-handed

(ˌkækˈhændɪd)
adj
1. left-handed
2. clumsy
[from dialect cack excrement, from the fact that clumsy people usually make a mess; via Middle Low German or Middle Dutch from Latin cacāre to defecate]
Translations

cack-handed

[ˌkækˈhændɪd] ADJ (esp Brit) (= clumsy) [person] → patoso, desmañado; [attempt, version] → chapucero, torpe

cack-handed

adj (Brit inf) → tollpatschig (inf)
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