[ han-dee-kapt ]
/ ˈhæn diˌkæpt /
Sometimes Offensive. physically or mentally disabled.
of or designed for handicapped people: handicapped parking.
Sports. (of a competitor) marked by, being under, or having a handicap: a handicapped player.
(used with a plural verb) Sometimes Offensive. handicapped persons collectively (usually preceded by the): increased job opportunities for the handicapped.
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usage note for handicapped
OTHER WORDS FROM handicappedmul·ti·hand·i·capped, adjectivenon·hand·i·capped, adjectiveun·hand·i·capped, adjective
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Definition for handicapped (2 of 2)
[ han-dee-kap ]
/ ˈhæn diˌkæp /
a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning.
the disadvantage or advantage itself.
any disadvantage that makes success more difficult: The main handicap of our business is lack of capital.
Sometimes Offensive. a physical or mental disability making participation in certain of the usual activities of daily living more difficult.
verb (used with object), hand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping.
to place at a disadvantage; disable or burden: He was handicapped by his injured ankle.
to subject to a disadvantageous handicap, as a competitor of recognized superiority.
to assign handicaps to (competitors).
- 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
1640–50; 1870–75 for def 8; orig. hand i' cap hand in cap, referring to a drawing before a horse race
SYNONYMS FOR handicap
OTHER WORDS FROM handicapnon·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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Example sentences from the Web for handicapped
You are terribly 'handicapped' as the racing people call it.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for handicapped (1 of 2)
/ (ˈhændɪˌkæpt) /
psychol denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
(of a competitor) assigned a handicap
usage for handicapped
Nowadays the use of the word handicapped to describe people with disabilities is generally considered inappropriate. It is preferable to refer to someone as having a disability and to talk about people with disabilities
British Dictionary definitions for handicapped (2 of 2)
/ (ˈhændɪˌkæp) /
something that hampers or hinders
- 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
golf the number of strokes by which a player's averaged score exceeds the standard scratch score for the particular course: used as the basis for handicapping in competitive play
any physical disability or disadvantage resulting from physical, mental, or social impairment or abnormality
verb -caps, -capping or -capped (tr)
to be a hindrance or disadvantage to
to assign a handicap or handicaps to
to organize (a contest) by handicapping
US and Canadian
- to attempt to forecast the winner of (a contest, esp a horse race)
- to assign odds for or against (a contestant)
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 handicapped
[ hăn′dē-kăp′ ]
A physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with one's normal functioning.
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