[ 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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Origin of handicapped

First recorded in 1910–15; handicap + -ed3

usage note for handicapped

See cripple.

OTHER WORDS FROM handicapped

mul·ti·hand·i·capped, adjectivenon·hand·i·capped, adjectiveun·hand·i·capped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-handicapped

/ (ˈhændɪˌkæpt) /


physically disabled
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
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