verb (used with object), hand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping.
- to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, especially a horse race), as by comparing past performances of the contestants.
- to assign odds for or against (any particular contestant) to win a contest or series of contests: He handicapped the Yankees at 2-to-1 to take the series from the Cardinals.
Origin of handicap
SYNONYMS FOR handicap
Related formsnon·hand·i·cap, nouno·ver·hand·i·cap, verb (used with object), o·ver·hand·i·capped, o·ver·hand·i·cap·ping.pre·hand·i·cap, noun, verb (used with object), pre·hand·i·capped, pre·hand·i·cap·ping.
Examples from the Web for handicap
Unprepared, and a laughingstock because of his handicap, Yarvi is bullied on every front—even by his mother.
If the rest of us have had trouble catching up to Robespierre and crew, well, we are starting from a bit of a handicap.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion|Teo Bugbee|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The handicap, after some needling back and forth, was fixed at eight strokes.
Otherwise, according to Mom, intelligence could handicap a woman.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The last name is obviously a handicap, though perhaps not as much now as last cycle.
Thus the very decency of the native is a handicap to success and to fecundity.The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross
In a measure this was true, and Randall was under somewhat of a handicap in this respect.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
To what extent is the success of stained glass windows due to a lessening of this handicap?Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh
An unwillingness to toe the scratch under the handicap of having his neighbors know it is his second trial.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
Muskwa followed him now, and he had some trouble in properly navigating himself under the handicap of his added weight.The Grizzly King|James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for handicap
- a contest, esp a race, in which competitors are given advantages or disadvantages of weight, distance, time, etc, in an attempt to equalize their chances of winning
- the advantage or disadvantage prescribed
verb -caps, -capping or -capped (tr)
- to attempt to forecast the winner of (a contest, esp a horse race)
- to assign odds for or against (a contestant)