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handicap

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noun hand·i·cap \ˈhan-di-ˌkap, -dē-\

Definition of handicap

  1. 1 a :  a race or contest in which an artificial advantage is given or disadvantage imposed on a contestant to equalize chances of winning b :  an advantage given or disadvantage imposed usually in the form of points, strokes, weight to be carried, or distance from the target or goal

  2. 2 a :  a disadvantage that makes achievement unusually difficult b sometimes offensive :  a physical disability



Examples of handicap

  1. His shyness was a handicap in his job.

  2. She's been practicing a lot and her handicap has gone down from 18 to 12.



Origin of handicap

obsolete English handicap, a game in which forfeit money was held in a cap, from hand in cap


First Known Use: 1754


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handicap

verb hand·i·cap

Simple Definition of handicap

  • : to make success or progress difficult for (someone)

  • : to make a judgment about the likely winner of a race or contest

Full Definition of handicap

handicappedhandicap·ping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give a handicap to b :  to assess the relative winning chances of (contestants) or the likely winner of (a contest)

  3. 2 :  to put at a disadvantage

Examples of handicap

  1. It's very hard to handicap the election at this point.

  2. <the baseball player's small size did not handicap him in the least>



1852

First Known Use of handicap

1852


Medical Dictionary

handicap

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noun hand·i·cap \ˈhan-di-ˌkap\

Medical Definition of handicap

  1. 1:  a disadvantage that makes achievement unusually difficult

  2. 2sometimes offensive :  a physical disability





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