hand·​i·​cap·​per | \ ˈhan-di-ˌka-pər How to pronounce handicapper (audio) , -dē-\

Definition of handicapper

1 : a person who assigns handicaps
2 : a person who predicts the winners in a contest (such as a horse race)
3 : a person who competes with a (specified) handicap (as in golf) usually used in combination a 5-handicapper

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There were the dueling newspaper handicappers, Sam McCracken for the Globe and Dave Wilson for the Record American. Mike Bello, BostonGlobe.com, "An ode to Suffolk Downs, and the grandfather who taught me all about horse racing there," 28 June 2019 But political handicappers have about as much humility as Trump does. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Polling Industry Is in Crisis," 21 June 2019 First race post is 1:10 p.m. The card includes two $75,000 stakes races for Ohio-breds, the William Petro Memorial and the George Lewis Memorial, the latter in honor of the late Plain Dealer turf writer and handicapper. Bob Roberts, cleveland.com, "Preakness placer Owendale favored in 2019 Ohio Derby," 20 June 2019 After Tuesday afternoon's draw for post positions for 2019's final Triple Crown race, David Aragona, the handicapper for the New York Racing Association, established Tacitus as the morning-line favorite among the 10 horses in the 1.5-mile race. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Tacitus returns as morning-line favorite for Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2019 These are the cameras that are lined up under the rails like handicappers at betting windows. Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal photographer gambled on Triple Crown shots – and won," 15 June 2018 At the same time almost to the minute, the Des Moines Register was releasing its Iowa Poll of likely caucus-goers that showed O’Rourke—once a darling of the political handicappers—with dismal 2-percent support. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Beto’s Bet on Iowa," 9 June 2019 The New York Racing Association’s handicapper put War of Will at 2-1 in the morning-line odds for the Belmont Stakes. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Belmont Stakes 2019: No Triple Crown at stake, but Kentucky Derby still looms large," 7 June 2019 Ted] Budd is one of two GOP incumbents in this region of North Carolina being targeted by Democrats, with pollsters and independent handicappers saying the races could be competitive. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rudy Giuliani is repeating seven mistakes that brought down previous Trump advisers," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of handicapper

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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