Horse Racing.
  1. a racetrack official or employee who assigns the weight a horse must carry in a race.
  2. a person employed, as by a newspaper, to make predictions on the outcomes of horse races.
a person who determines the handicaps that will be placed on competitors.

Origin of handicapper

First recorded in 1745–55; handicap + -er1
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Historical Examples of handicapper

  • If he has one it is because the handicapper has been careless.


    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • In this way the handicapper is deceived as to their true qualities, and is induced to weight them advantageously for the Omnium.

  • Perhaps Diablo had been stuck in the Brooklyn simply to see how the handicapper would rate him.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The post-master, assisted by experts in the Post Office service, to be the handicapper.

  • Before him raced a vision of Ben Connor, king of the racetracks of the world, with horses no handicapper could measure.

British Dictionary definitions for handicapper



an official appointed to assign handicaps to competitors in such sports as golf and horse racing
a newspaper columnist employed to estimate the chances that horses have of winning races
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