- 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.
Origin of handicapped
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- physically disabled
- psychol denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
- (of a competitor) assigned a handicap
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"disabled," 1915, past participle adjective from handicap (v.). Originally especially of children. Meaning "handicapped persons generally" is attested by 1958.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper