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.(noun)
Handicap is defined as to cause a disadvantage.(verb)
An example of handicap is to pour a slippery substance over an obstacle course.
See handicap in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: orig. a game in which forfeits were drawn from a cap or hat < hand in cap
See handicap in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From obsolete hand in cap, a game in which forfeits were held in a cap.
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