Definitions for handicapˈhæn diˌkæp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disability, disablement, handicap, impairment(noun)

    the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

    "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"

  2. handicap(noun)

    advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning

  3. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap(verb)

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  4. disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicap(verb)

    injure permanently

    "He was disabled in a car accident"

  5. handicap(verb)

    attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

  6. handicap, hinder, hamper(verb)

    put at a disadvantage

    "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

GCIDE

  1. handicap(n.)

    a physical or mental disability of the body which makes normal human activities more difficult or impossible; as, his deformed leg was a major handicap in walking.

  2. handicap(n.)

    any disadvantage that makes an activity more difficult or impossible; as, insufficient capital was a big handicap in competing against Microsoft.

  3. Origin: [From hand in cap; -- perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]

Wiktionary

  1. handicap(Noun)

    An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.

  2. handicap(Noun)

    The disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.

  3. handicap(Noun)

    A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.

  4. handicap(Noun)

    An old game at cards. - Pepys

  5. handicap(Verb)

    To encumber with a handicap in any contest.

  6. handicap(Verb)

    To place at disadvantage.

    The candidate was heavily handicapped.

  7. handicap(Verb)

    To estimate betting odds.

    Grandpa Andy would buy the racing form the day ahead of time so he could handicap the race before he even arrived at the track.

  8. Origin: From hand in cap, in reference to holding the game stakes in a cap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handicap(noun)

    an allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like

  2. Handicap(noun)

    a race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors

  3. Handicap(noun)

    an old game at cards

  4. Handicap(verb)

    to encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped

  5. Origin: [From hand in cap; -- perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handicap

    hand′i-kap, v.t. to impose special disadvantages or impediments upon in order to offset advantages, and make a better contest—in a horse-race the superior horse carries a heavier weight, while foot-runners are placed at different distances, or start at different times: (fig.) to place at a disadvantage by some burden or disability.—n. any contest so adjusted, or the condition imposed.—n. Hand′icapper, one who handicaps. [Hand in the cap, from the usage in an ancient kind of sport and method of settling a bargain by arbitration.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handicap' in Nouns Frequency: #2340

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handicap in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handicap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rory McIlroy:

    What's Mike Davis' handicap ?

  2. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

  3. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.

  4. Josephine Tey:

    Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.

  5. Dave Lafferty:

    Trump has been light on policy substance so it’s very difficult for the markets to handicap.

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