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informal lacking dexterity or elegance; clumsy


clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed apology.
ham′-hand`ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ham-fisted - 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"


adjective clumsy (Informal) awkward, bungling, inept, cack-handed (informal), maladroit, ham-handed (informal), all fingers and thumbs (informal), butterfingered (informal), unhandy They can be made by even the most ham-fisted of cooks.


[ˌhæmˈfɪstɪd] ham-handed [ˌhæmˈhændɪd] ADJtorpe, desmañado


, ham-handed
adjungeschickt; efforts, person alsotollpatschig (inf)


[ˌhæmˈfɪstɪd] ham-handed (Am) [ˌhæmˈhændɪd] adjmaldestro/a


(hӕm) noun
the top of the back leg of a pig, salted and dried.
ˌham-ˈfisted adjective
clumsy. He can't tie a knot in that rope – he's too ham-fisted.
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