clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.

Nearby words

  1. halévy,
  2. ham,
  3. ham up,
  4. ham's test,
  5. ham-fisted,
  6. hama,
  7. hamadan,
  8. hamadryad,
  9. hamadryads,
  10. hamadryas

Also especially British, ham-fist·ed [ham-fis-tid] /ˈhæmˈfɪs tɪd/.

Origin of ham-handed

First recorded in 1915–20

Related formsham·hand·ed·ness; especially British, ham·fist·ed·ness, noun

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