- IPA: /ˈhændɪkæp/
handicap (plural handicaps)
- Something that prevents, hampers, or hinders.
- Age is often a handicap.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
- Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […]; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
- An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.
- The older boy won, even though his opponent had been granted a handicap of five meters.
- A handicap in chess often involves removal of the queen's rook.
- (sometimes considered offensive) The disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.
- A race or similar contest in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
- (obsolete, card game) An old card game, similar to lanterloo.
- 1660, Samuel Pepys
- Here some of us fell to handicap, a sport that I never knew before, which was very good.
- 1660, Samuel Pepys
- Portuguese: obstáculo
- French: handicap
- German: Behinderung
- Portuguese: deficiência
- Russian: недоста́ток
- Spanish: minusvalía, discapacidad
handicap (handicaps, present participle handicapping; past and past participle handicapped)
- (transitive) To encumber with a handicap in any contest.
- (transitive, figurative, by extension) To place at disadvantage.
- The candidate was handicapped by her lack of experience.
- To estimate betting odds.
- Grandpa Andy would buy the racing form the day ahead of time so he could handicap the race before he even arrived at the track.