1. without a hand or hands (Freq. 1)

a handless war veteran

Ant: ↑handed
2. 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

Similar to: ↑maladroit

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