- The definition of a handicap is a race where the competition is evened out by giving advantages to the weaker competitor and making the race more difficult for the stronger competitor, or something that is a disadvantage.
- An example of a handicap is a race where heavier people have to carry less weight and the lighter people have to carry more weight.
- An example of a handicap is a broken leg.
- Handicap is defined as to cause a disadvantage.
An example of handicap is to pour a slippery substance over an obstacle course.
- a race or other competition in which difficulties are imposed on the superior contestants, or advantages given to the inferior, to make their chances of winning equal
- such a difficulty or advantage
- something that hampers a person; disadvantage; hindrance
- a physical or mental disability
Origin of handicaporigin, originally a game in which forfeits were drawn from a cap or hat from hand in cap
transitive verb-·capped·, -·cap·ping
- to give a handicap to (contestants)
- to cause to be at a disadvantage; hinder; impede
- Sports & Games a. A race or contest in which contestants are given advantages or compensations to equalize the chances of winning.b. Such an advantage or penalty.
- Usage Problem A physical or mental disability. See Usage Note at handicapped.
- A disadvantage or inconvenience. See Synonyms at disadvantage.
transitive verbhand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping, hand·i·caps
- Sports & Games To assign handicaps or a handicap to (a contestant).
- To cause to be at a disadvantage; impede.
Origin of handicapFrom obsolete hand in cap a game in which forfeits were held in a cap
- Something that prevents, hampers, or hinders.
- Age is often a handicap.
- An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (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, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
(third-person singular simple present handicaps, present participle handicapping, simple past and past participle handicapped)
- To encumber with a handicap in any contest.
- (by extension) To place at disadvantage.
- The candidate was heavily handicapped.
- 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.