handicap

[ han-dee-kap ]
/ ˈhæn diˌkæp /

noun

verb (used with object), hand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping.

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Origin of handicap

1640–50; 1870–75 for def. 8; originally hand i' cap hand in cap, referring to a drawing before a horse race

OTHER WORDS FROM handicap

non·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for handicap

handicap
/ (ˈhændɪˌkæp) /

noun

verb -caps, -capping or -capped (tr)

Word Origin for handicap

C17: probably from hand in cap, a lottery game in which players drew forfeits from a cap or deposited money in it
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Medical definitions for handicap

handicap
[ hăndē-kăp′ ]

n.

A physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with one's normal functioning.
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