Share this entry

Share this page

ham-fisted

Line breaks: ham-fisted

Definition of ham-fisted in English:

adjective

British informal
Clumsy; bungling: a ham-fisted attempt
More example sentences
  • WorldCom's in a big mess, and many of you have questions about it, so I thought that I would, in my ham-fisted, amateur way, attempt to answer them.
  • It was an attempt - ham-fisted, but an attempt nevertheless - to interpret, in some Van Daniken kind of way, some of the phenomena, especially in the Old Testament.
  • For the pro-war blood mongers to claim that they are the true supporters of our troops and that people such as myself of an anti-war disposition are not, is at best a ham-fisted attempt to take the moral high ground and at worst a barefaced lie.
Synonyms
informal cack-handed, butterfingered, ham-handed
British informal all thumbs, all fingers and thumbs

Derivatives

ham-fistedly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • We get no sense of the Western society in which they live, apart from a ham-fistedly jolly counterplot about Ziad's friend running a pizza restaurant.
  • Anakin's nightmare brought tittering and giggles even from me it was so ham-fistedly portrayed.
  • In a world where most guitar groups regurgitate mouldy old ideas, floundering ham-fistedly around in a sea of stupidity and borrowed riffs, it's a relief to turn to this intelligent, confident and, dare one say it, tasteful record.

ham-fistedness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Annoying as the album frequently is, it doesn't irritate through ham-fistedness or incompetence.
  • Example of Saw's ham-fistedness - in one of the MANY achingly silly flashbacks, the police track the killer to his abandoned warehouse lair, the address of which is - STYGIAN STREET.
  • On its own, the story would perhaps offer nothing more than an example of the Scottish Executive's increasing tendency to ham-fistedness.

Definition of ham-fisted in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful