- clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.
Also especially British, ham-fist·ed [ham-fis-tid] /ˈhæmˈfɪs tɪd/.
Origin of ham-handed
First recorded in 1915–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsbulky, ungainly, unwieldy, inept, ponderous, heavy-handed, bungling, crude, elephantine, gauche, gawky, graceless, heavy, helpless, hulking, incompetent, inelegant, inexperienced, inexpert, lumbering
Examples from the Web for ham-handed
It was a new voice, and in contrast to the ham-handed posturing of “Officer Hernandez,” the threat was direct and more aggressive.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
It was ham-handed and poorly done, and it all could have been averted.Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
Rather, they expressed surprise at how ham-handed Burson has been.
But they are chortling about how ham-handed Burson's PR guys were.