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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handedadjective

    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


  1. ham-handedadjective

    Clumsy, heavy, or inept; not delicate, light or gentle.

    Some of the dishes arrived damaged after their ham-handed moving efforts.


  1. ham-handed

    Ham-handed generally refers to someone who is clumsy, awkward, or lacking skill and subtlety, particularly in handling situations or physical tasks. It could also mean being heavy-handed, overly forceful, or tactless in approach.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ham-handed in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ham-handed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ham-handed in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Wright:

    It's hard for me to imagine it's coming from Mueller's team. And it's kind of a ham-handed effort if it's someone who's trying to help the president.

  2. Ron DeSantis:

    If the legislature goes down that route I think that would be very beneficial, it would strike a good balance between penalizing the politicians who flouted the law but also not doing that in a way that’s ham handed and may deprive some innocent school kid of the ability to participate in a certain program.


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    sound of something in rapid motion
    A whirring
    B dangerous
    C profound
    D hatched

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