Definitions for handicapˈhæn diˌkæp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hand•i•capˈhæn diˌkæp(n.; v.)-capped, -cap•ping.

  1. (n.)a race or other contest in which disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, etc., are given to competitors to equalize their chances of winning.

    Category: Sport

  2. the disadvantage or advantage itself.

    Category: Sport

  3. any disadvantage that makes success more difficult.

  4. a physical or mental disability, esp. one that makes ordinary activities of daily living difficult.

    Category: Psychiatry

  5. (v.t.)to place at a disadvantage; hinder.

  6. to assign handicaps to (competitors).

  7. to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, esp. a horse race), as by comparing past performances of contestants. to assign odds for or against (a particular contestant).

    Category: Sport

Origin of handicap:

1640–50; orig. hand i' cap hand in cap, referring to a drawing before a horse race

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. handicap(noun)ˈhæn diˌkæp

    a permanent physical or mental disability

    a physical/mental handicap

  2. handicapˈhæn diˌkæp

    a disadvantage

    Being older should not be seen as a handicap.

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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


Translations for handicap

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

handicap(noun)

something that makes doing something more difficult

The loss of a finger would be a handicap for a pianist.

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