hand·​i·​cap·​per ˈhan-di-ˌka-pər How to pronounce handicapper (audio)
: a person who assigns handicaps
: a person who predicts the winners in a contest (such as a horse race)
: a person who competes with a (specified) handicap (as in golf)
usually used in combination
a 5-handicapper

Examples of handicapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, political handicappers tended to overstate the advantage of Butler’s labor connections. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 Danny Sheridan is a handicapper and sports analyst for USA Today. Danny Sheridan, al, 11 Feb. 2022 Establishment types, such as the election handicapper Charlie Cook and the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, have, in recent days, called on Biden to step aside in hopes of Democrats turning to a stronger standard-bearer for the existential fight against Trump and Trumpism in 2024. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 Wisconsin is among four states — including Arizona, Georgia and Nevada — listed as toss-ups by election handicapper Sabato's Crystal Ball. Lawrence Andrea, Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2023 From a handicapper's perspective, Cifuentes demonstrated excellence in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Michigan and New York. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 3 Sep. 2023 Because of the impossible position that puts Pence in, political handicappers frequently write him off as a presidential candidate while noting his other important role. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2023 Now, recently, some of the handicappers and TV personalities are bashing Forte. Guy Martin, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Kentucky Derby Betting Guide The horse racing handicappers and experts at Guaranteed Tip Sheet have a full, detailed Kentucky Derby/Oaks betting guide available. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handicapper was in 1751

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“Handicapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handicapper. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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